Before being named as one of three Players of the Tournament at the recently held inaugural season of the Samsung Cup Football Championship for rural-area Prep and Primary schools, Alex Forbes was dazzling those who watched him on the field and mesmerising those he played against.
The 10-year-old defensive midfielder from Howard Cooke Primary has been displaying an ability that belies his tender age.
Forbes first caught the eye with a mazy dribble from about the halfway line, taking him past three opposing defenders in a quarter-final match against Bethel Primary, eliciting huge roars of approval from his personal group of supporters, made up mainly of relatives and their friends. But that one glance was good enough to take notice of his skills.
The shy youngster was perhaps mimicking his football icon, Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, and capped his outstanding quarter-final performance by scoring with a blistering right-footed shot from distance that not even the goalkeeper appeared to have seen.
That stunning goal was the icing on the cake, as it was his fourth of the match and took his team to a resounding 7-0 victory, and into the semi-final.
"I love football," he told The Gleaner. "I started playing when I was in grade three and I am enjoying playing with my team-mates at Howard Cooke Primary.
"I want to become a professional football player, as I would like to do what Messi does," he said with a smile.
But while he adores Messi, it's the English Premier League mega club, Chelsea, that he supports. Young Forbes said his blossoming football skills will only get better as he matures.
- Paul Clarke