From Budumburam to Germany: Ghanaian-born Alphonso Davies starts training Bayern Munich Featured
22 Nov

From Budumburam to Germany: Ghanaian-born Alphonso Davies starts training Bayern Munich

Ghanaian-born Canadian prodigy Alphonso Davies, has taken his first steps towards the Bayern Munich first team by completing his maiden training session with the reigning Bundesliga champions.
 
The 18-year-old is in Munich for a month-long orientation period before Christmas with his move from Vancouver Whitecaps made official in January, activating a contract that runs until summer 2023.
 
"Alphonso will train normally during the four weeks until the winter break and will have time to settle in here and in Munich,” explained sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
 
 “He’ll be part of the squad and available to play from 4 January. We’re excited about him. I’m sure he’ll develop here at FC Bayern and help us. I wish him the best of luck and success.”
 
Davies, who will wear the number 19 shirt previously owned by the likes of Sebastian Rudy and Mario Götze, was put through his paces at Bayern's Säbener Straße along with future teammates Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller on Wednesday.
 
“My first impressions of the training ground were great,” said Davies. “As a kid I dreamed of being part of such a big club. Now I am and it’s unbelievable. I’m very excited and looking forward to my time. I want to prove myself every day in training and work hard.”
 
Prior to his trans-Atlantic switch, Davies spent a couple of weeks catching up with friends and family in his hometown of Edmonton. Despite his 'Kid Canada' status, he says "only one person" recognised him as he hit the streets for a night of Halloween fun.
 
"I just wanted to be home with my family and to hang out with my friends," Davies explained. 
 
"It was good. My friends made me feel like a 17-year-old, especially the night I went trick or treating with them. We hit quite a few houses. We had a big bag for the candy and it filled up pretty quickly. It was nice to spend time with my parents, too."
 
Davies was born to Liberian parents in Ghana at the Budumburam Refugees Camp.
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