Harambee Stars prospect Tyler Onyango could not hide his joy after his debut for Everton in an FA Cup lash with Sheffield Wednesday.
Onyango’s debut at the 85th minute came just days after head coach Carlo Ancelotti promoted him to the Everton’s senior team.
“A special moment for me making my professional debut at the club I’ve been at since such a young age. Even better to top it off with a win and move into the next round,” he posted on Instagram.
The English-born midfielder with Kenyan roots was introduced to replace Andre Gomes late in a game his teammates were leading with superb goals in either half.
Everton overcame Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 and booked a place in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.
Onyango playing time sees the youngster enjoy a full debut for the Everton senior side, after a steady rise from the junior sides.
For a boy who joined Everton at the tender age of eight years, making a debut for senior side is a dream come true for Onyago.
Born of a Kenyan father and an English mother, Onyango has played for England at junior levels but is eligible to feature for Harambee Stars owing to his dad’s origin.
Only last season, Onyango was featuring for Everton’s U23 side, establishing himself as a force to reckon with in David Unsworth’s side this season.
Since joining the senior side, Onyango says, Seamus Coleman and Tom Davies have been significant influences for him.
Another Kenyan, Clarke Oduor, is also plying his trade for English side Barnsley, and Onyango will be joining him in the next phase of the FA competition.