Dutch giants Feyenoord are well renowned for producing great talents as home-grown stars like Jordy Clasie, Terence Kongolo and Tonny Vilhena are excelling and wowing scouts from some of Europe’s top sides.
Move over from those names, there’s a new young talent from the Rotterdam-based club academy who potentially will be coming through in the near future, and his name is Yussa Nugraha.
The talented Indonesian teenager moved to Netherlands at the age of two and started his footballing career in SVV Scheveningen when he was in the junior high school, before joining the Feyenoord youth system since the beginning campaign of 2014/15 season.
He is currently plying his trade with the SC Feyenoord C1 side under Daniel Metselaar’s guidance and had already tasted significant success after helping his team promotion to the Division 1, became the KNVB Bekker runner-up as well as winning the RR Cup – all in U-15 Dutch competitions.
“Alhamdulillah, I can adapt very quickly and this season gave me a lot of experiences to play in the higher divison in next season with the three brilliant achievements,” the 13-year-old, who scored 22 goals in 34 appearances told Goal.
The Solo-born youngster has also recalled his best moment this season in a 3-0 away victory over Alexandria 66, the triumph which secured a promotion ticket for his team. But Yussa is reluctant to be singled out for praise.
“I scored twice and gave one assist in that game. However, consistency is my weakness so far and I have to improve it to become much better. I want to grow and continue my career here in Netherlands, to play in the senior competition. Now I’m still in amateur level, but it’s no problem because I will keep to work hard [to achieve the dream],” he added.
The son of Mr. Edi Nugraha and Mrs. Indra Lieu Nugraha insisted that he will be happy to don the Indonesia national team jersey in the future despite also eligible to play for the Netherlands at any levels as he was raised in the European country since childhood.
“For the moment I can’t decide it because I still have a long journey in my career and I will focus on improving my skills first. But I will be always ready if one day I got my call-up to play for Indonesia,” said Yussa was quoted by Tribunnews.