Noah’s coming to town

Make room Arsenal and Fulham soccer clubs — a hot new player is on his way from across the pond. This summer, Noah Abatneh (age 10) will be revisiting Liverpool to train with the two organizations. The young Westboro striker, with his attention grabbing skills, has had more international experience than most players his age or older. Born in Canada, he lived in the Philippines and Egypt before returning to Ottawa. Last fall, he ventured to England on special invitation from the two clubs who had noticed his budding talent. Noah admits that all this effort can be overwhelming, even if it’s worth it. At such a young age, keeping his head on his shoulders and his feet on the ball sometimes requires perspective. “My parents tell me, ‘don’t give up.’ That’s the key,” says Abatneh. With this attitude, the modest young player heads back to England this summer, eyes set on his spot in professional soccer.

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