Jackson upbeat about future in Europe

June 02, 2018
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Phoenix All-Star Football Academy Founder Craig Butler describes academy graduate and St Andrews FC winger Kemmu Johnson as the most skillful player from his set-up. The 22-year-old, who admitted to having a tough start to life in the Maltese Premier League, strongly believes he has the qualities to play at an even higher level, but just needs someone to show faith in him.

"I've been in Malta for two years. At first it was tough when I was playing with Mosta FC. A lot of things affected me and sometimes players just don't want to pass you the ball. So the first season everyone was fighting, working, and giving everything," he said.

"But this season it has been better at St Andrew FC. I am fast, so they ask me to play on the wing and get back and help the left back, who is a bit slow. But (they want me) to really contribute to the attack, and it has been good," he added.

Although he scored just one goal last season, the young attacker thought he had a continuous presence for the team throughout the campaign and he called it a 'good season'.


However, his focus at the moment is to the make the jump to a bigger European league, and he believes a lot of clubs in Europe can utilise his talents.

"At this moment I am training to get into mainland Europe, that's the focus. I just need to continue to have the right mind set and train hard. I believe I have the assets, the skill, the pace and I just need someone to believe in me and give me the chance to show the world what I have.

"I had a lot of chances created but sometime things don't go right. There is always room for improvement, so the stats might look doubtful. But I create a lot of chances and I am always dangerous and effective.

"Some people might say it's just Malta but there are a lot of experienced players there: Brazilians, Italians, Argentinians, so it's really good because everyone there wants to get out. So it's not a walk in the park, but I am depending on my manager (Craig Butler) and I trust in him (to get a move to a bigger club)," he said.

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