St. Lucian-born teenager signs deal with elite German team

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St. Lucian-born teenager signs deal with elite German team
Elva
Elva

As German soccer fans raised a beer stein to the national team’s fourth World Cup title, one Calgary footballer was also toasting his personal success in Deutschland.

On his 18th birthday, Caniggia (Ginola) Elva signed a four-year deal Monday to play high-level professional football in Stuttgart, Germany.

“It’s big for our club,” said Ramon Mifflin, director of the Southwest United Soccer Association. “We couldn’t be happier that Germany just won the World Cup — and he’s there.”

The Caribbean-born Elva is the son of a former national striker, and the relative of a national defender. However, he didn’t play organized soccer until suiting up in Calgary at 11 years old.

After getting one good look from the German scouts, the speedster returned overseas in early May to continue chasing a professional career.

He’ll keep on training at the German academy with other young players on the under-19 and under-23 teams.

“If he develops early, who knows where it will take him,” said Mifflin, adding the four-year contract “shows the commitment and the promise they see in this young man.”

Mifflin also mentioned Elva was “thinking of his friends and family of St. Lucia.”

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  1. Crazy thing - none of the actual Canadian-born Canadians play with a club as prestigious as Stuttgart. That should tell you a lot about how "great" their supposed "programme" is. Also, a boy who has spent 6 years in Canada is the best thing in that country, and yet we believe that that it's because Canada is doing something so right? Rubbish. What about all the tens of thousands of Canadian boys who have been in Canada from birth? Bottom line, this SAINT LUCIAN boy is getting it done, and I am and will remain proud that he is SAINT LUCIAN until he declares himself otherwise.

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  2. Of course we are all proud of our people when they do good. There is nothing wrong in making positive comments and giving encouragment to those who have try to walk the path of success. This young has hard work ahead of him and he definitely needs the encouragement. Ofcourse he is from vieux fort and his roots from the Mang.

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  3. I'm extremely proud of this young man. I remember back in the day when this kid couldn't even walk as yet and Titus (TT) would forever be boasting that his son would be a star now look at this it unraveling right before our eyes. That child was natured by his dad, every summer vacation TT would bring him over to Trinidad and enroll him into a football camp which help nurture his God given talent. TT I know you're proud of your son but this is as much yours as is his so take a bow my friend/brother and continue to live your dream through Canniga.

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    • And with all this background, people are still trying to say that he is only where he is because of Canada. Sad.

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  4. Why Saint Lucia always quick to take credit for the success of someone whom they did nothing to help? Yall were never proud of him before when he was playing and training hard. Yall were never bragging or pushing him now oh we so proud ohh he from vfort.. choops

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    • how is saying they r proud of him and saying that he is from vieux fort "taking the credit" ?? seriously are u a idiot?

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    • You are such a backward fool. You need to stay in a hole and never come out. We St.Lucians are supporting the individual like good people should.

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  5. Good luck to u young man make stlucia proud/it was an honour playing along side your dad and uncle...

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  6. I am so happy for this boy. I can't wait to see him play and boast that he is from St.Lucia. Congratulations young man whichever club you are playing for I will be supporting.

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  7. Happy to see this young man getting such a great opportunity. Anything is possible for the youth once they get out of this small-minded country! All the best young man

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    • I agree with you fully. I remember this young man as an athlete running in the stadium. I also know that there were friends of this young man playing with him, who were as good as he was then. There are 2 or three of them on the St Lucia under 21 team presently. If they were given the opportunity like Elva got, I believe they would be as good. I want to also say that you do not have to go overseas to get such opportunity. Just give them the right training early.

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