Kentish Town’s Under 10s have said a reluctant goodbye to superstar striker Omry Rapaport, who the coaches recently voted their U10 player of the season.
Omry has just banged in 19 goals in 12 matches in the Arsenal Community summer six-a-side tournament and was Town’s standout player in the Camden and Regent’s Park League earlier in the year. He is sadly leaving the club because his family are moving abroad.
Multi-talented Omry showed his class yet again on his last-ever appearance for the U10s last Saturday when he provided clever assists enabling teammates Conor Campbell and Mergim Krasniqi both to score in the side’s 8-3 win against CM Futsal Academy. He then signed off in sublime fashion by grabbing the last of their eight goals, receiving a pass in space near the Futsal goal, holding off an opponent, turning and sliding the ball low under the goalkeeper, as he has done so many times before.
“Omry’s been our mini-Messi. He’s just so skilful and can do anything he wants with the ball”, said Conor, one of the many teammates who will miss him. Small but almost impossible to dispossess on the ball because of his superb close control, Omry has terrorised opposition defences playing for both the U10s and often the U11s too.
After the match James Banwell, the U10s coach, marked Omry’s departure by presenting him with a Kentish Town Football Academy shirt signed by all his teammates, which Omry loved.
TJ O’Leary, KTFA’s head coach, is also lamenting the loss of Omry. “Omry leaving will leave a huge hole in the U11’s age group next season, not just because of his outstanding talent, but also because of his infectious attitude towards every training session and every match. I speak for all of the coaching staff at KTFA when I say that Omry has been an absolute joy to work with and we wish him all the best for the future. Hopefully one day he can return to his adopted family at KTFA!”, he said.
Goodbye and the very best of good luck, Omry.