Gael Bigirimana is a footballer who plays for Newcastle United as a midfielder. He was taken on trial having asked at Coventry City's academy training facility. He was told he would have to play for a local team and be see. He was told he would have to play for a local team and be seen. Graduating from the Sky Blues' youth set-up to sign his first professional deal for the club in the summer of 2011 and playing a role the Sky Blues' first team pre-season preparations for the 2011-12 campaign. Bigirimana made his professional debut on 8 August 2011 in a 1–0 Championship defeat by Leicester City. On 12 March 2012, Bigirimana won the Championship's Apprentice of the Year Award for the 2011-12 season. He beat Crystal Palace's Jonathan Williams and Reading's Jordan Obita to the award. On 6 July 2012, Bigirimana signed for Premier League team Newcastle United. His competitive debut came on 23 August 2012, in Newcastle's 1–1 draw with Greek side Atromitos, in their UEFA Europa League Fourth Qualifying Round match. He scored his first professional goal on 3 December, with a sweet, left foot, unstoppable drive, completing a 3-0 win at home to Wigan Athletic, becoming the first Burundian to score in the Premier League. In February 2011, Bigirimana was part of a Democratic Republic of Congo U-18 team that played a friendly in England against the junior side of Tottenham Hotspur.
For someone who lived the first 11 years of his life in fear, Gaël Bigirimana has surprised many with his selfless attitude and optimism. Since arriving in England from war-torn Burundi, via Uganda, Bigirimana’s life story thus far has amazed all who’ve read about it. However, he is more than … Continue reading →