16-Year-Old Bali Mumba Didn't Pick Up GCSE Results Because He Was Training With First Team
Hundreds and thousands of 16-year-old's picked up their GCSE results this week after months of hard graft but because of first team commitments, Sunderland wonderkid Bali Mumba wasn't able to collect his grades in person.
Mumba, who has played in three League One games for Sunderland so far this season, passed nine of his subjects, proving that he's not just a talent on the pitch.
The 16-year-old midfielder has made a real impact for Jack Ross' side in recent months and their final game of the Championship season back in May gave us an indication of his potential.
Sunderland ended a shambles of a season on a high with a surprise 3-0 win over champions Wolves at the Stadium of Light - a day that Mumba will never forget.
He replaced John O'Shea in the 87th minute and in a wonderful gesture, the Irishman passed on the armband to the prodigy 21 years his junior as he left the pitch.
It was a dream debut, completing a fine individual season for the youngster.
In terms of his GCSE results, Sunderland AFC's head of education and welfare Don Peattie said via the club's website:
"We are delighted for Bali and naturally very proud of his achievements." he beamed.
"In our Academy, education and football go hand in hand and both are of equal importance. To have been able to combine his studies with the rigours of his football career, has shown dedication and determination from Bali and I am pleased to say it has paid off with the results he has achieved.
"Our thanks go to Sir Ken and the staff at Harton Academy, who have worked with Bali over the last five years and have been a tremendous support to him and the club. We very much appreciate all they have done."
All in one season...- Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) May 6, 2018
Debut for #SAFC U18s :white_check_mark:
Debut for #SAFC U23s :white_check_mark:
Debut for #SAFC first team :white_check_mark:
Captained the first team :white_check_mark:
Now, time to get some GCSE's! :books:
Congratulations and best of luck, Bali :clap: pic.twitter.com/NJ5KW8OAxr
An inspiration to young people around the country. Keep up the good work, Bali.