Diago Delgado seems to fit in perfectly with his CF Os Belenenses youth team in Portgual.
The 12-year-old soccer player from London, Ontario. scored twice on Sunday, his first two goals since joining the historic club in early January.
“He played two official games for his own age group,” says Kevin de Serpa, Delgado’s coach and coach when he was in Canada.
“He did very well yesterday getting two assists and was called up to the one year older age group. That’s where he opened his account when the striker scored his first two goals “, he says.
Delgado’s father moved to Lisbon, Portugal to help his son who enrolled in St. Peter’s International School.
“Education is very important,” says de Serpa.
“The other part of enrolling in the academy and dealing with players and directors. It’s a whole new ball game. It’s also a new language because it’s Portuguese, but it doesn’t don’t speak very fluently yet.”
de Serpa personally received feedback from Delgado’s coaches.
“He’s doing very well and working very hard,” he said.
“He does everything they asked, and today was just a bit to consolidate what he can potentially do. To score two goals today is very, very big.”
de Serpa says he is counted on as a key player, having gotten his feet wet in a new country, with a new team.
“He needed to get a taste of what the league is all about and the speed,” de Serpa said.
“He had a perfect icebreaker against Benfica last week, so might as well play the best first and get your feet wet in the deep end. So it happened, and then he played two great games in a row.”