MICHAEL Kita, 13, recently returned to Coffs Harbour and Orara High after a successful Australian Joey's Football Academy tour of Germany.
Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kita has had football in his blood from an early age.
"My family comes from Congo and we've been in Australia for three years now".
"I started playing soccer when I was four.
"Before we came over, it's what we played every day. I love it," Kita said.
The Coffs United and North Coast Football midfielder was scouted by selectors overlooking a recent Inverell mini World Cup and he was one of the five best players to be sent on the five-week playing tour.
"It was basically a tour and a tournament," he said.
"We got to go to some really cool places like Paris. We went as a team over there.
"My parents were very proud that I got to go over there and do the thing that I love the most," he said.
Kita said he wanted to expand on the success of the tour and hopfully get a call-up to play "professionally overseas or nationally" and compete at a higher level.