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After facing Belgium's Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke in World Cup qualifier Gibraltar's Mikey Yome set for Canterbury debut

By Andrew Gidley

Mikey Yome goes straight from an historic World Cup qualifier for Gibraltar to make his Canterbury City debut in the Kent Senior Trophy.

The 22-year-old trainee teacher, studying at Canterbury Christ Church University, came on as a late substitute during the 6-0 defeat against a Belgium side including Chelsea’s Eden Hazard on Monday.

Earlier in the game, Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke scored the fastest goal in World Cup history, netting in just 8.1 seconds, past Dartford’s debut-making goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim.

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard

Yome arrived home the following day, and was training with his City team-mates the same evening ahead of their first round tie against Meridian YP at Charlton on Saturday.

Wide-man Yome has been training at City for several weeks, but his first appearance for the Southern Counties East League Premier Division side has been delayed, first by the club waiting for his international clearance, and then by his call-up for Gibraltar’s ties against Belgium and the 4-0 defeat in Estonia last Friday.

City boss Ben Smith said: “We are very proud to be associated with Mikey and Jamie Bosio, who was with us last season, and played in the two games. It helps raise the club’s profile, and improves our reputation.

“Both players have brought a great professionalism to the club, and I want to use Mikey to talk to all our young junior players and tell them about his experiences.”

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