TALENTED DURBAN YOUNGSTER ON HIS WAY TO ITALY
Written by: Venal Naidu
Having watched his dad play football from the age of four, Jordan Chinnia (15) developed a love for the game. Eleven years later, he has become one of the most sought after teenagers in the country as he has caught the eyes of Italian giants Inter Milan.
He went through the ranks at Escombe Football Club from the under 7 to under 10 age group. He grew up idolising Brazillian Maestro Ronaldhini. Chinnia plays as an attacking midfielder following the footsteps of his favourite player, Real Madrids Isco.
In 2013, Jordans father took over the Shallcross Sporting Club Under 13 team. At the age of 11 Chinnia played in that age group, scoring over 30 goals in that season and helping his team remain undefeated and win the league.
He continued at Shallcross Sporting Club in 2014 and 2015, where he was then selected in the KwaZulu-Natal Regional Under 15 soccer team, which was part of the South African Football Association (SAFA) structure. In 2016 he trained with SAFA’s eThekwini team and in 2017, he then went for a European Soccer School Open Day where he was selected and awarded with a bursary for 2017.
On a trip with the European Soccer School in July 2017 to Italian club Real Vicenza, Chinnia with three other youngsters were scouted and identified as youngsters with potential.
Professional Coach Simone Merlo sent an invite to Chinnia for a 30-day development program with Mindset Academy, an organisation whereby he will receive a one-on-one coaching with the official Inter Milan Youth Academy, Academia Pavia based in Pavese, Italy.
Chinnia, who is very excited with opportunity that is in front of him, is however nervous as he feels that he has to live up to the name he has received in the football fraternity.
“I am excited with the opportunity,” said Chinnia. “There is lots of people from different clubs that have put a lot of pressure on me but it is good pressure because I am always expected to do well.”
Chinnia also added that he comes from a very supportive family who are strong believers in God.
“I have lots of confidence from my family that tell me God is in control; as long as I am disciplined, focused and give my best, the rest is in God’s will,” explained Chinnia.
Chinnia’s father, Gordon, is not surprised by his son’s current success.
“I believed in Jordan’s ability from a very young age as he showed natural talent and ability. I played a small part in developing his ability; we trained extremely hard. Jordan started excelling in athletics at a young age holding the KZN Christian schools record in under 9/10 and he ran in three South African Championships,” said Gordan.
Chinnia is a massive fan of Manchester United and hopes that one day he will play in Europe with them or with one of their famous European counterparts.
Jordan will leave for Italy in February 2018.
*Caption – Jordan Chinnia sitting in the Inter Milan change rooms during his mid-year tour in July 2017 to Italy.