Exclusive Interview with Naanol ‘Naani‘ Tesfaye Chimdessa
A 14 year-old Swedish right back who holds an Ethiopian passport. In this exclusive interview with Naanol ‘Naani’ Tesfaye Chimdessahe talks about his playing style and the rumors linking him with a move to England with Leeds and Manchester City.
Where did you start your career?
I started my career at IFK Stockholm which is a local club in my early Under-8’s. Academy/1 division wise I’ve played in Vasalund IF and IF Stockholm Fotbollsakademi aka Nordic Football Academy (NFA).
What position do you play?
I play as a right back and move down the entire wing making me a player who is used to the right wing, wing back and right back position but I’m also used to playing at the left wing. I am mainly a full back.
What is your playing style?
Most people – coaches and articles describe me as agile, quick and technical. I usually describe myself the same and I always work to improve on my strengths and weaknesses to improve as a player.
Who are your motivators or role models?
I’ve always loved watching Torres and Drogba but in the modern football I love watching Bellerin and Marcelo playing as I play the same style as them. Motivator wise I think of my Family.
You recently left your club, why did you make that decision?
I left Vasalund late 2016 when IF Stockholm Academy wanted me in their academy and of course I was very tempted and I decided to join them. In August 2017 I decided to go back and train with them, in November I decided to leave again but my influence of leaving came from my parents who thought that it was way to far and not the best club for me to be playing at with the poor training times, but Vasalund staff and players was definitely nice.
You have been linked with a move to England, what can you tell us about that?
Well at first it was a Leeds scout who wanted to invite me over on trial, unfortunately I had a back injury and could not attend the trial.
A friend later recommended Football-Wonderkids to me and said they might be able to help me find a club in England. They have recommended me to agents and scouts and helped me build my online profile, after that the interest of clubs in England has increased and we are looking at a few options for 2018.
What is your mentality on all the clubs move news your hearing about yourself?
On that my mentality is just to “play play and play”, as I see it when you play you’ll get what you earn, I always strive to be humble but courageous inside of me.
Is it true you have been approached to play for Ethiopia? Is that something you would like to do?
I said the same thing in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Norran, me and my father has talked about this and we have decided that I should be playing for Sweden, so Sweden is where my aim is.
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