Cabango and Touray call-ups show Welsh Premier League is moving in the right direction

Alex Mudimu

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The Welsh Premier League can celebrate three players who have been on international duty this week.

Alec Mudimu, Ben Cabango and Momodou Touray have all been called up to represent their country this week.

Ben Cabango of The New Saints, on loan from Championship side Swansea City, was called up to the Wales Under-19s squad. He’s on a sixth-month loan from Swansea, but manager Scott Ruscoe was eager to extend it, having seen the performances from the 19-year-old.

After putting in a decent performance for Barry Town United. On loan forward, Momodou Touray was called up to the Wales Under-21s squad by manager Robert Page. Touray is the first Welsh Premier League player to be called up to the Wales Under-21s squad, since Llanelli forward Jordan Follows, back in 2009.

The 19-year-old has already played for Wales-Under 19s and it comes as no surprise, that he will now be given the chance, in the squad just below the seniors.

Mudimu was victorious with Zimbabwe, as he played in defence, keeping quiet former Chelsea attacker Gael Kakuta, to send Zimbabwe top of the Africa Cup of Nations.

This was against a side that had a multi-million Championship players in Benik Afobe and Yannick Bolasie.

He’ll also be in action tomorrow, as DR Congo and Zimbabwe in the second meeting between the two sides.

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The Welsh Premier League is becoming a platform for young players to showcase their worth.

Opportunities are coming for all kinds of players, on the International stage. Players are being called up to the senior squad of their country, semi-professional, U21’s and U19’s. The league also boasts a number of cross-code players, who represent Wales in Futsal.

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The Wales semi-professional team coped well against England back in March, having only had a few days together, after the freak weather. With hopes of another game, the top flight of Welsh football is in a good position regards to player development.

More managers are giving youth a chance in the division. Cardiff Met’s Sam Snaith is excelling for the Archers, despite this being his first season in the Welsh Premier League, making the jump from tier three. Alex Lang, signed from Swansea City in the summer, has stood in well for Will Fuller, as he recovers from a long-term injury.

Ben Clark, Ben Cabango and Josh Hmmami are all relatively young, making a part of Scott Ruscoe’s youthful revolution at Park Hall.

Sean Hanbury, only 19 years of age, is being trusted to spearhead the Carmarthen Town front line. He’s joined by former Swans defender Mael Davies, who has slotted in well with the Old Gold.

The Welsh Premier League, the clubs, managers and players should be proud of their efforts, as it highlights the chances given to the younger players, to make their mark.

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