Local gem likely to be lost to Scandinavian country
He is arguably one of Botswana’s most decorated young football talent.
Ashley Goitseone Boniface’s talent however for some reason keeps eluding national team selectors.
The 18 year old Vaud Lausanne FC Under21 attacking midfielder in the Swiss Super League posses one of the sweetest and educated left footers you’ll ever see.
Having been selected Player of the Tournament in both the Chappies Little League and Orange Cup as a Standard three pupil in 2008, the young man nicknamed ‘China’ has a football record few of his peers can match.
He dominated both the United States and Switzerland Youth Leagues in the years (2012-2017) turning up for clubs like FC Nyonnais and Lancy Football Club U16.
After leaving the USA in 2014 to move to Geneva, he joined Lancy Football Club U16 in mid season.
He scored eight goals in 14 matches finishing the season as the second best goal scorer.
In the 2015/16 season China turned up for FC Nyonnais and played 12 of the 16 games. His seven goals and four assists helped his side to get promotion to the second division.
His mother Angel Boniface based in New York told Voice Sports that although her son is focused on both academics and football he’s at a stage where he should be making serious decisions about his football career.
“He’s a full-time footballer and a student. He is excelling in football and is attracting a lot of interest from football scouts,” she said.
The proud mother said she has so far ignored some offers as she wants ‘China’ to complete her studies before fully focusing on football.
“I don’t how long I’ll be able to keep the scouts away though,” she added.
One man who has seen ‘China’ in action is former Botswana Football Association Technical Officer Phillimon Makhwengwe.
Mention the name China, and Makhwengwe wax lyrical.
“That is a gem. That young boy has been unlucky to have never represented his country at national level,” he said.
The Prisons XI Head Coach said China missed chances to represent the country at both Under 17 and 20 as he was away most of the time, staying in both Canada, USA and now Switzerland.
“We can’t ignore his talent forever though. He needs to play because he’s that good,” said Makhwengwe adding that if action is not taken now, the country may lose him forever.
“My fear is Switzerland may snap him up. He’s talented and is uncapped. It’d be so easy for him to play for any European side,” said the worried Makhwengwe.
Makhwenge is worried that the former Re Ba Bona Ha, Moroka Primary team captain and five times Most Valuable Player award winner maybe be slipping through Botswana’s needy football hands.