Bologna’s coach Mihajlovic has pleaded with journalists not to destroy Gambia’s Musa Juwara.
The 18-year-old West African is one of the hottest properties in the Italian Serie A this minute after coming off the bench to contribute in the 2-1 humbling of Inter Milan.
Bologna ran out winners with goals made from their duo Gambians Juwara included.
Hype is already hovering over Musa amid suggestion it’s about time he is included in the starting line up for their trip to Sassulo.
Posed the question over thrusting the teenager in the line up, Milhajlovic was brutal in his response: “It takes a little courage to trust these teenagers, but you have to put your faith in them. I think it’s good for the club as well as the players. Having said that, Juwara has played five Serie A games and scored one goal. You journalists don’t do half-measures. You do everything possible to ruin these players before they have even started.
“Musa has to keep his feet on the ground and keep training hard. He will have the opportunity to prove himself again.”
Juwara’s rise to the limelight did not happen without toiling.
The teenager left his birth place unaccompanied to risk his life to cross the Mediterranean Sea prior to arriving in Italy.
The left-winger took up football as a way out of poverty but faced wrangling with Italian laws posing stumbling block to migrants.
He would eventually win and secure a move to Chievo Verona but left to join Bologna’s U19s before his promotion to the A-team January 1st this year.