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Thursday, 26 November 2015 14:27

Rise of the Airbender

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PSG's exit from the inaugural X-Box Cup this week was a shock, losing a two goal lead and eventually going out on penalties. But it gave the fans their first glimpse of what local lad Hervin Ongenda is capable of. Manager Koko decided to use the game against Brest to allow some of the younger squad members to get some competetive minutes, and the young Parisian took his chance to shine, scoring two goals.
The first is a goal that shows what the young Air-Bender is all about. Picking up the ball a few metres from the box he decided to take his marker Fabio for a stroll, then with a drop of his shoulder and a frightening turn of pace beat two more defenders and flicking the ball up to finish as Howedes and Akinfeev looked at each other in disbelief. A moment of magic from Ongenda that had the away fans jubilant.
His second came just after the break and illustrated his intelligence on the field. After a period of backs-to-the-wall defending the ball came to him all alone at the centre circle. Taking time to assess the situation he created space for his captain Aaron Ramsey and made the perfect run to be on the end of Ramsey's reverse through-ball before finishing into the top corner past a helpless Akinfeev.
Speaking after the game the youth-team graduate said although he had played well it wasn't worth anything without the win.
“We came here to do a job and progress in a competition that we had notions of winning. To lose a 2 goal lead is very disappointing, the manager has let us know that our defensive performance wasn't good enough.
I think I had a good game, my first goal was Frillypink huh? Tomorrow is a new day, I'll be back to train even harder. I know I was in the team because it was a cup team but I just want to do what i can to help my team-mates.”
A humble boy, he seems eager to grab his chance. This is a wonderkid that could well be the Young Player of the Year.
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