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The emergence of exciting young players of Comoros decent is not a new phenomenon in Africa.

Over the years, many youngsters have burst onto the stage amid of huge expectitions to come back and play for their motherland.

Sadly, many of them have flattered to deceive while others have sunk without trace.

But in Ayman Said the Les Coelecantes have a player of undoubted ability, an excellent prospect, whose movement with the ball at his feet is exceptional.

If the 16-year-old goes on to become a football great, many will remember 4 August 2016 as the day he officially announced his arrival.

That is the day Ayman – who plays for FC Lyon junior side in France – made only his first appearance for Comoros against Mozambique in an Africa U-17 Cup of Nations qualifier in Moroni.

Although he impressed in football academy level , it was against the Mozambique that Ayman made people sit up and take more notice of him.

His first touch was a thing of beauty,gliding past opposition defenders with remarkable ease ,and his overall use of the ball was so mature for someone so young.

For anyone to dribble, the first touch has to be perfect Ayman Said

At some point we thought we were watching a reincarnation of the legendary Yaya Toure,especially when Ayman had the ball glued to his left foot while running at and scaring Mozambique defenders.

Flare, movement and technical skill all intertwined into a Comoros football machine?

Naturally, many Coelacanthes fans, thrilled by his goal against Mozambique went on social media to hail the arrival of the ‘Comoros Messi’.

One goals in his first two games for Comoros suggest an eye for goal but Ayman believes his biggest quality lies elsewhere.

“For anyone to dribble, the first touch has to be perfect. I think that is my biggest quality.”

Not many who have seen him in action would disagree with that self-assessment.

Having begun his football education in France,Ayman has been looking for a move to England in near future.

A lover of African football who boasts experience in journalism, having previously worked at Brand Agenda Publications, East Africa University News and University Post in Uganda before moving to Soka25east.com. On Twitter @fgchuma

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