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Teenage refugee turned semi-pro footballer joins Spurs Foundation to help disadvantaged children

A semi-pro footballer who came to the UK as a teenage refugee from Nigeria has joined Spurs to help disadvantaged children.

At the age of fourteen, Ahmed Mohammad was sleeping on the streets of London, unable to speak a word of English.

Ahmed Mohammad

Now, Ahmed plays for Hertford Town FC and recently started a new job as an Employment Adviser at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

In his new role he'll be supporting young people to find jobs - keeping them away from a life of crime.

Ahmed never expected he would be where he is today.

When I was fourteen and homeless,I didn’t know what would happen to me the next day. I didn’t think that far ahead.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has given me the life skills to actually help me

– Ahmed Mohammad
Ahmed Mohamma, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation

They’ve seen me grow from 15 to where I am now.

For you to have a foundation within a community that can actually see the potential and know the journey of a young person and take that risk to help them.

That’s what every young person needs.

– Ahmed Mohammad

Sarah Ebanja, CEO of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation believes Ahmed will have a real impact on the lives of young people in the community.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation

He's a fantastic talent.

What we're all about is encouraging young people to increase their self-confidence, self-efficacy so they're making the right choices and have an understanding of those choices.

Ahmed's experience is the experience of what some of our young people are going through in the area.

– Sarah Ebanja, CEO of Tottenham Hotspurs Foundation

Living in Tottenham, Ahmed is passionate about using his story to inspire young people.

Regardless of where his footballer career takes him, he's committed to his work at the foundation.

Ahmed Mohammad

If today a big club said they will sign me, wherever I am, I will still do the same thing.

I will always want to give back to my community.

– Ahmed Mohammad