Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Let Me Stay to Play for Toon

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Let Me Stay to Play for Toon

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Byline: By Adam Jupp

Brimming with talent and hope for the future, this young soccer star is being kicked out of Tyneside and back to his war ravaged homeland.

Danillo Cadete fled death threats in the African state of Angola with his mother in 2002 and settled in Cowgate, Newcastle.

Since then the 14-year-old has taught himself English, made dozens of school pals and is tipped for football fame.

He dreams of playing for Newcastle United and is planning to start his GCSEs next year.

But today he tells how his family are living in fear after being told they can not stay in the country they now call home.

Instead, they are faced with being shipped back to Angola, still recovering from a bloody 27-year civil war which saw 300, 000 killed.

Kenton High School year nine pupil Danillo said: "All I want is to stay here because I love it.

"My family are all here and we are scared we could be killed if we go back.

"I love Newcastle. The people are nice to me and I'm nice to them. I think of myself as a Geordie now.

"It's really difficult for someone who thinks they may be able to realise their dream to be told it could be taken away."

Toon-mad Danillo is the star of the Gosforth-based Red House Farm juniors under-14 side. It has scooped a host of trophies and was recently crowned UK five-a-side champions.

Danillo's coaches say the left midfielder ( who is also a player for Newcastle City Boys and his school ( is football talent to watch for the future. They are begging Home Office officials to let his family stay.

During his time on Tyneside, Danillo, known to pals as Danny, has even met soccer legend Pele.

The Brazilian superstar came to St James' Park and gave his team advice on how to make it to the top.

Red House Farm manager Eddy Lewis, 37, said: "Let me tell you, this boy has talent, he's all about tricks.

"He reminds me of Tino Asprilla in that he's all over the pitch. You should see him in action, some of his skills are amazing. He is an outstanding kid in every way.

"He has lunch with my son at school every day. He loves it here and he is a real role model for all children growing up here. …

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