Chelsea youth team manager AdiViveash believes Ugandan born midfielder Isak Ssali Ssewankambo and many of his Cup-winning heroes have what it takes to graduate to Jose Mourinho’s first team next season.
Daily Mail reports that Mourinho watched on at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea beat Fulham 5-3 in a dramatic second leg of the FA Youth Cup final to win the trophy 7-6 on aggregate.
And Viveash thinks the fighting spirit shown by his young tyros and the quality of the goals they scored means they deserve an immediate chance at a higher level.
Ssewankambo came off the bench to score and put Chelsea back into the game
He now wants to see more of his talented squad experience the pressures of playing top level football as Chelsea push for honours next season.
‘The belief of the boys and for such young players to find something within themselves. I didn’t feel we could go to extra time,” Viveash says.
Ssewankambo joined Chelsea in 2010 from Swedish club Lärje-Angereds IF. He has an older brother, Moses, who plays in the Swedish professional league structure.
He has represented Sweden at Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 levels. He was a part of the 2012-13 team which became the country’s first ever representative in the European Under-17 Championships and he led the way amongst all players with six qualifying assists.
He remains eligible to play for The Uganda through family heritage.