Milano's Devon Saal plays with his heart to make a mark

A rising talent from the Cape Flats, Milano United’s Devon Saal has been electrifying in the NFD this season

The 21-year-old is one of the leading goalscorers in the NFD with five goals to his name in 11 appearances for Milano. 

The ASD Academy graduate also spent a short time in Europe, but due to unfortunate circumstances, it did not work out well for him.

Sira spent three seasons with ASD Academy before putting pen to paper with Milano.

“My time with ASD was a wonderful experience. It was a huge step up because they teach you how to be a professional. I had a very good relationship with Ayanda Patosi on and off the field, as we were like brothers. It’s been really tough staying in contact with him and the rest of the guys lately since we’ve all gone our separate ways," said Saal.

The talented midfielder is currently in his second season with The Kinnes and has high hopes of moving into the PSL with them. He added that if he wasn’t playing for Milano in the PSL then he would like to be playing at either Ajax Cape Town or Wits as the two teams play the type of quality football that he enjoys.

“There are two guys I look up to in the team, one of them is Shane Poggenpoel because of his experience and the type of footballer he is. The second is Chad Robertson because that guy is a soldier and he will die for the team. I think he plays with a lot of heart and I feel that at the end of the day if you don’t play with heart then you just an average player,” said Saal.

“It’s been very easy to settle in at Milano, it’s a family club and there’s a bunch of guys that treat you well. You can’t expect more than friendship because if you don’t have that bond within the team then you won’t play well together. This has made it easy for me to stay here and that’s why I’m still here. We play well together and the team spirit is quite high,” he said.

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