Elvis Kamsoba was born in Burundi before fleeing the war-torn country for a refugee camp in Tanzania which led to migration to Australia, some eleven years after arriving in the camp.

It feels somewhat fitting that Kamsoba made his debut against Adelaide United in front of a packed Coopers Stadium given he developed and cultivated his skills with the Adelaide Raiders and Croydon Kings which are located a mere 15 minutes away from United’s ground.

If he developed the skills in Adelaide, it is in Melbourne where Kamsoba made his mark, coming to the nation’s consciousness with a series of blistering spells for Avondale FC in both the FFA Cup and NPL which was rewarded with a contract at Melbourne Victory.

At first glance, Kamsoba’s lightening quick feet and willingness to take-on defenders regardless of the situation is a valuable weapon for Kevin Muscat’s side and he couldn’t be happier for Kamsoba.

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“It would be taking too much credit if I said I allowed sentiment to give him his debut here in Adelaide. That only came into my thinking as an afterthought, he has earned the opportunity,” he said.

“It’s a great story, an unbelievable story and I was proud of him tonight, he performed immensely well, he gave everything, and he’s waited a long time for his opportunity.

“He’s been training with us for quite some time, obviously not being able to register til the 3rd of January,” he said.

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“He’s just been showing and showing in his eagerness and willingness to learn that he was desperate for an opportunity and that’s the type of attitude we need from everybody and every player,” he said.

“I was really proud of him and pleased for him and his family tonight,” he said.

It caps a rapid rise for the youngster after being awarded the inaugural Michael Cockerill Medal for the best NPL player in the FFA Cup late last year.

Kamsoba was equally impressive last week in the National Youth League where he managed to assist one goal and set-up another to set the game alight in his first game at professional level.

On Wednesday night, Kamsoba provided a spark for Melbourne’s better performance in the second-half, providing Adelaide’s defence with a constant threat. Whilst certain elements of his game seemed unrefined at times, there is definite potential for Muscat to work on.

Elvis is in the building and here to stay.

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