The 16-year-old Solomon Islands prodigy, Raphael Le’ai, recently completed trials training with Australian outfit Melbourne Victory alongside his compatriot Leon Kofana and returned to his home country; But his training was not over, not even during the football break due to COVID-19 problems in Solomon Islands.
The current star of Henderson Eels – who helped the club qualify for the knockout phase of the OFC Champions League – intensified his training. With a mixture of training sessions on the pitch, on the beach and in the gym, Raphael is pursuing his dream of moving to the next level of football – something that is supported by his entire country.
Le’ai, whose football career is currently managed by Basi Futbol – a local sports agency – is considered one of the hottest prospects in Oceania. The 16-year-old has represented his country at futsal and football events, including the FIFA U17 World Cup held in Brazil last year.
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The still very young athlete continues to prove his commitment. Recently, Solomon Islands Football Federation urged players to continue their training and maintain their fitness level during the football break and it is clear that Le’ai understood it very well.