'Dream come true' for Wigan Athletic's newest hero
Divin Baningime described his first senior goal for Wigan Athletic as a 'dream come true'.
And the 21-year-old, who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo brought up in Wigan admits the winner against Arsenal Under-21s – which sends Latics to within one game of Wembley in the Papa John’s Trophy – will live long in the memory.
“I just saw the ball running through and I just thought ‘keep calm’ and take your chance,” said Baningime, whose brother Beni enjoyed a loan spell with Latics from Everton three seasons ago.
“It’s a special moment and I’m really happy right now.
“Being raised in Wigan, it’s a great feeling.
“I’m just very happy right now that I can celebrate with the fans.
“I’ve been at Wigan since I was 10 years old, so I have been dreaming of games like this since I was a child.
“To come on and score is a dream come true. It’s my first ever goal and I’m so happy.”
Baningime’s tale is even more remarkable given he was released by Latics last January because of squad restrictions during administration
But he rejoined the club over the summer and is so thankful at being given a second chance.
“I want to thank my family as well as the coaches,” he added.
“I’ve been coached by some great coaches with the likes of Gregor Rioch, Nick Chadwick, Kieran Driscoll and others, it’s been great.
“I just want to thank them for being tough on me at times, and helping me develop as a player.”
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