SA youngster scores on debut in England

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Highly-rated South African forward Max McMillan made his long-awaited debut in England this week.

On Tuesday, McMillan made his first foray into senior football in England when he was named in the starting XI for Fleetwood Town's 3-1 English Football League Trophy win over Barrow FC.

The 19-year-old, who is a product of Premier League side Leeds United's academy, featured for the full 90 minutes for the third division side and marked the occasion with a well-taken goal.

"I’m absolutely buzzing," he told the club's media team after the match.

"It’s everything I’ve been working for this season to try and get into the team and try and impress the manager and hopefully, a goal will have done that. It’s a really proud moment for me and my family."

McMillan was born in York, England, but is eligible to represent Bafana Bafana through his South African parents, including father Andy who was also a professional footballer.

Watch McMillan's post-match reaction in the video below

He was also not the only SA-eligible player to feature in the match as 18-year-old midfielder Akiel Raffie also appeared as a second-half substitute for the Cod Army.

Raffie was born in South Africa and moved to Australia during his youth, before moving to the United Kingdom to join Fleetwood Town, where he has now made two appearances for the team.

Notably, Barrow also boast a player from Mzansi on their books in one-cap wonder, Kgosi Ntlhe. The 27-year-old was not in the matchday squad but has been a regular since joining the team in September last year. 

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