'Shu' is a defender with a nose for goal

'Shu' is a defender with a nose for goal
3 min

For a long time, Young PSV - MVV Maastricht seems to end in a draw until Shurandy Sambo pops up on the right flank. The right back was sent away with a deep pass by Mathias Kjølø and went off alone towards goal. The MVV goalkeeper came out, but just then Sambo saw his chance: he poked the ball over the goalkeeper and gave his team the lead late in the game.

It was not the first time the 19-year-old winger scored in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie. "It's already my fifth, I'm looking for it too I must say. I went deep and immediately realized that the outside player was not going with me. When I saw the keeper come out I didn't even have to think." At the same time, he is also self-critical. "On the offensive side I often assert myself, but defensively I could be a little better. In the first half I also struggled so this one was extra nice."

Before halftime, Sambo was able to breathe a sigh of relief when a long ball, on the edge of the sixteen, hit his hand. "I wanted to head the ball away, but I slipped. Partly due to the wind, the ball then hit my hand." Everyone wearing an MVV shirt screamed for a penalty, but according to "Shu," as his fellow players call Shurandy, the referee made the right decision. "I'm not 100 percent sure, but I think it was out there," he said. The free kick landed on the crossbar and Sambo escaped a dunk.

In the end, he can even cheer when he breaks the ice and shoots in the 2-1. Young PSV wins 3-1 putting them first in the race for the fourth and final period title. "I feel very good, the team feels good. We have been on a roll lately and today we beat a strong opponent."

Step up
It is now a little over a year since Sambo made his debut in the pledge team. Since then he has been developing rapidly and is already looking ahead. In the first team, he sees his great example in Jordan Teze. "He too has been with PSV for a long time and has progressed through youth, so I do look up to him. I myself naturally want to achieve the same. I have already been in the first team four or five times. Unfortunately I haven't been able to make my debut yet, but Denzel Dumfries keeps motivating me. Ideally I would like to stay at PSV next year and make a step up, but at Young PSV I can still learn enough."