Zim teenager bursts onto Euro scene

Tivonge Rushesha (left) in action against West Ham on Monday night

Swansea — Tivonge Rushesha feels his impressive start to life as part of the Swansea Under-23s squad has come from a willingness to be bold. He hoped that there are more milestones to come after featuring a the Liberty Stadium for the first time.

The Zimbabwean-born full-back burst onto the scene with the development side last month to help the Under-23s top their Premier League (PL2) Cup group with a draw against Hull City and win against Wolves.

And he made his Premier League debut in the defeat to West Ham on Monday night, as the 16-year-old scholar faced off against a tough Hammers side that included the likes of England Under-19 internationals Grady Diangana and Nathan Holland.

And despite the Swans suffering a 3-0 defeat, Rushesha feels the experience offered another valuable learning opportunity and he has vowed to continue to play with no fear against older players.

“The result was disappointing, but overall I was happy with my performance,” Rushesha said.

“The boys supported me throughout the entire match. It was great to play my first game at the Liberty (Stadium), I am happy to have hit that milestone and to have played in the PL2.

“The right-back role is just one of the positions I am able to play. I see myself as a central midfielder as well as in central defence.

“But I am happy to play wherever. I just look to play without any fear. My dad always tell me not to worry about that stuff because you won’t focus on or enjoy the chance.

“If you make a mistake you just have to forget about it and play as well as possible. That is the only way you are going to impress. If you play with fear you will not get anywhere.”

The teenager, who joined the Swans at Under-12 level, hopes to continue to be a part of the Under-23 set-up for the remainder of the season.

And he wants to keep progressing towards his longer-term goal of first-team involvement at Swansea City. — Swansea

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