A teenager from Sierra Leone is only three steps from Wembley – thanks to the influence of former Wales international and Premier League veteran Craig Bellamy.
Meet attacking midfieder Mustapha Bundu of Hereford FC, who will meet Camberley Town at home on February 20 in the quarter finals of the FA Vase.
Bundu, who turns 19 later this month, scored a brace in the 4-1 victory at Combined Counties League high-fliers Hartley Wintney on Saturday.
In difficult conditions, he gave the opposition an uncomfortable time with his pace and direct running, not to mention his eye for goal.
Bundu came to England through the Craig Bellamy Foundation and attends Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.
He was selected for England Schools Under-18 team last season and is being tipped to have a bright future.
However he has had to adapt to the rough and tumble of the Midland League – phoenix club Hereford are in pole position -and it needed a quiet word from manager Peter Beadle to bring the best out of his undoubted raw talent.
“It was nice for him to join in (against Hartley Wintney), I have been on his case a little bit lately,” Beadle told Bulls News.
“He tends to drift and flow and that is how he is all the time. We have asked for more end product.
“They were two good finishes and he will be pleased with his performance.”
Hereford have attracted gates of over 4,000 – an astonishing number considering they play in the fifth tier of non league football – since re-forming this season.
However Camberley have shown their pedigree in the Vase with a bruising win on the road against nine-man FC Romania and in the last round thrashed Newton Aycliffe 5-0.
Beadle added on: BBC Five Live’s Non League show : “We know it will be tough as they play in the same league as Hartley Wintney and beat them
3-1 this season.
“Having a home game is always a bonus and hopefully a big crowd can roar us on to victory. We have been very fortunate with our fans base.
About 95% of the attendance at Hartley Wintney were our fans.”
Article: Ken Gaunt