EIGHTIES British pop singer Yazz shot to fame with her hit The Only Way is Up way back in 1988 and, fast-forward 27 years, her namesake, or nick-namesake is delivering the same message for Corduff.
The Duff’s Under-16 star Yassine En-Neyadh received his first international call-up last weekend as he was named on the Republic of Ireland Under-15 squad that will face Holland in a series of international friendly fixtures between April 11 and 16.
Yaz, as he is effectively known around the club, has been on the fringes of the international scene for quite some time, having been involved in a number of development squads in recent months.
Speaking to GazetteSport on the hot prospect’s call-up, Corduff PRO John McGuinness delivered a statement of pride on the club’s behalf.
“It is fantastic news for the club, Yassine, and all his family,” he said. “To be honest, we were hoping to receive this news sooner as Yaz has been on the fringes of international honours for quite some time, and on a number of development squads. To earn his first proper Ireland call-up is very positive indeed.
“Yassine actually began playing with the 1998 age group, which was three years above his age. He’s still playing a year ahead of him which highlights the level that he’s at and is a testament to him that he’s now been called up for the Ireland Under-15 squad.”
The Corduff side En-Neyadh plays for are managed and coached by Steve Morley and Christy Gilshenan, and currently sit in sixth place in the NDSL Premier Division, with a very realistic chance of mounting a late title challenge with a lot of games in hand over their rivals.
The side also reached the last eight of the SFAI cup but were unfortunately knocked out by Knocklyon just two weeks ago.
The individual and overall development and achievements of the players in this U-16 side mirror the positivity all around Corduff at present.
This is something the club hopes will continues long into the future and are looking to secure that with a new pricing structure for membership for the 2015/16 season, details of which can be seen on the club’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
McGuinness was on hand once again to comment on the pricing structure. “All of these positive stories coming out of the club are not happening by accident,” he said.
“A lot of other clubs force heavy membership fees of around €250 on parents which often subsidises the senior section. We’re totally against that and it’s very important that we’re open and transparent in our proposed pricing structure, and what you see on the Facebook page is exactly what people will pay.”