A 14 years old Icelandic girl Emelía Einarsdóttir, born to an Icelandic father and a South African mother, is a rising star in the South African soccer world.
Two years ago she moved to Cape Town, South Africa with her mother. She recently began playing with the local U15 (under 15) Vasco da Gama boys team, and played with the team in an international competition held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil last week.
Random photo from Laugardalsvöllur in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefansson.
One of the qualities most admired in her is the incredible upper body strength she possesses.While her teammates complete 40 pushups she finishes another 40. In Iceland she trained as a gymnast and as a footballer, she is known for her long throw-ins, according to Morgunblaðið yesterday (June 19).
Brazilian coach Jose Cabral who trains the U15 Vasco da Gama team offered her the chance to be part of the team.
"Jose invited me to join the team on the trip to Brazil, so he must have seen something in me. He offered to train me free of charge for six weeks so I can't wait to show what I can do in the games against Australia, England, the United States and Brazil." she told Morgunblaðið (June 19).
Morgunblaðið on June 19 asked her what it was like to play with the boys.
"At first it was challenging but I caught up with them in physical strength. If anything, I have a certain advantages over them with my throw-ins, " she added.
When Emelía moved to South Africa two years ago she did not speak English and it proved difficult to place her in a school. Playing soccer helped her a lot and now she has no difficulty communicating in English.
Emelía and her team also got the opportunity to watch two games in the American Cup.
"The whole trip has been a dream come true for me," she told the reporter at Morgunblaðið on Wednesday.