Well-traveled soccer player lands with Force

5:47 PM, Jun 13, 2013   |    comments
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To say Knoxville Force forward Emmanuel Wilson is well-traveled would be an understatement. 

"I was originally born in the Sudan, moved to Kenya, lived in Nairobi, left Nairobi. Moved to Uganda and stayed in Campala, and then we came over here," said Wilson. 

Wilson came to the U.S. as a refugee from the Sudan, in Africa.

"I was little. My grandparents tell me the stories," said Wilson. "They left Sudan because of the wars."

Living with family in Memphis since 2003, soccer played a big part in adjusting to life in America. 

"Being in the states is obviously hard with the cultural difference and everything, but I feel like once I step on the soccer field, it will be like family," said Wilson.

"I guess it's kind of like a universal language, everybody understood. You could speak a different language, but once you're on the field, everyone understood.  I've always played. Ever since I can remember, I've had a soccer ball around. Even if it is makeshift and not as good as these. Anything that is round that you can kick, I was just always playing."

 

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