Sullay Kaikai: Football is all I’ve wanted to do

24
Feb
Kaikai

Sullay Kaikai – Celebrating his debut goal against Newcastle in the Capital Cup. He told Cambridge news, “I was unsuccessful for two trials and in the third one I finally got in. Football’s all I’ve wanted to do, so I had to be persistent. “I was playing for Fisher Athletic in non-League and one of my mates from Palace helped me get a trial,” said Kaikai. “Being out on loan, you want to be involved in games and I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the games here. It’s been a good experience so far and I’m happy with things.”

Crystal Palace 19-year-old attacking winger, Sullay-Kaikai in photo has admitted that being    persistent has helped him grow and with a real chance of making it on the biggest stage.

The skilful  youngster who is presently on loan with Cambridge United from Palace already racked  up 17 appearances scoring twice now believes determination is the key to success.

The skilful youngster who is presently on loan with Cambridge United from Palace already racked  up 17 appearances scoring twice now believes determination is the key to success.

On his debut with Cambridge, Kaikai made an instant impact at AFC Wimbledon as he helped his  new side to a 2-1 victory, with fellow Eagles loanee Kwesi Appiah getting on the scoresheet.

He told Cambridge news, “I was unsuccessful for two trials and in the third one I finally got in.  Football’s all I’ve wanted to do, so I had to be persistent.

“I was playing for Fisher Athletic in non-League and one of my mates from Palace helped me get a trial,” said Kaikai.

“Being out on loan, you want to be involved in games and I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the games here. It’s been a good experience so far and I’m happy with things.”

Kaikai whose parents are from Sierra Leone had a brief spell on loan with Crawley in Sky Bet League One last season.

The youngster career got off to a major boost last September at Selhurst Park against Newcastle scoring the injury time equaliser that takes the tie to extra time during the third round of the Capital One Cup.

Another big moment in the pacy winger career is at Mansfield, the second round replay – his two goals for United was the winner that ultimately secures a date for the fourth round meeting with Manchester United.

He started against the Red Devils at the Abbey as the U’s held them to a famous goalless draw, and then came off the bench on the hour in the replay at Old Trafford, which they lost 3-0.

“It was unbelievable and I didn’t expect it,” he said. “It was part of a great run and we deserved the run, and it was unbelievable being a part of it.

“I think the team’s performing quite well. We’ve just been unlucky not to get the wins recently because we’ve played so well, but it’s all part of the learning curve and we know what we need to do in order to win the next game.”

Kaikai started his career at Crystal Palace when he was fifteen and having progressed his way through the youth teams to the academy side, he signed his first professional contract with the club.

In May 2013, Kaikai’s goal against Liverpool the previous August earned a nomination for the League Football Education Goal of the Season award. It was declared the Goal of the Season.

Kaikai will be on loan with Cambridge United until the end of the season.

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