A 17-year-old football prodigy, born to a Kenyan father from Mtwapa is currently making waves in Swiss football shining in the European country’s third-tier football league, known as the Promotional League.
Niels Chirao represents the under-21 team of FC Basel, where he has risen through the ranks, starting from the youth levels. He currently dons the number 4 jersey and plays as a right-back for FC Basel’s Under 21 squad.
Despite being one of the youngest among his teammates, with most of them being a year or two older, Niels has demonstrated remarkable skill and potential.
Born on January 18, 2006, Niels Chirao is making his presence felt in the world of football.
The FC Basel Under 21 Team
His journey through FC Basel’s ranks has been marked by steady progress.
In the 21/22 season, he showcased his talent with the under-16 men’s team, followed by a successful stint with the under-18 team during the 2022/2023 season.
Chirao’s breakthrough came when he was promoted to the under-21 men’s team, which currently competes in the Promotional League.
His consistent performances have earned him recognition, with strengths evident in his positioning, anticipation, decision-making, and marking abilities.
While holding French nationality, Niels Chirao maintains a strong connection to his Kenyan roots in Mtwapa.
He openly expresses his love for Kenya and even makes periodic visits, typically every four years, showcasing his commitment to both his heritage and his football career.
His consistent rise through FC Basel’s ranks suggests that it’s only a matter of time before he makes his mark in the men’s first team or attracts attention from European top-flight clubs.
As his contract with FC Basel is set to expire on June 30, 2024, there is great anticipation for a contract extension in the coming year, further solidifying his promising career in Swiss football.
Chirao is part of a growing list of Kenyan talents thriving in various fields abroad.
Among the notable Kenyan footballers plying their trade overseas are Clarke Oduor, who plays for Barnsley in England, as well as Johanna Omollo and Arnold Origi, among others.
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