FILE - A-Leagues All Stars Nestory Irankunda, left, is tackled by Barcelona s Dani Alves, right, and Ronald Araujo during their friendly soccer match in Sydney, Australia, on May 25, 2022. Bayern Munich on Tuesday Nov. 14, 2023 has signed an agreement for 17-year-old Australian winger Nestory Irankunda to join the club in July. (AP)
Irankunda has been acclaimed as one of Australia’s brightest-ever prospects since making his debut for Adelaide United at the age of just 15 in January 2022. Soon after he became the second-youngest scorer in the history of the A-League, Australia’s main men’s soccer competition. He’s played 39 times for Adelaide.
Bayern said Tuesday that Irankunda will join the German champion July 1 on “a long-term contract.” He turns 18 in February, making an international transfer possible.
“I’m happy to have this all finalized and to be heading to one of the best clubs in the world — it’s a real dream come true,” Irankunda said in an Adelaide statement.
Born in Tanzania, Irankunda has played for the Australian national Under-17 team and was called up for the senior team in March but did not play.
“Nestory is an extremely quick winger, a strong dribbler and finisher with good drive towards goal. We’re convinced by his potential and that he will take the next steps with us,” Bayern’s director of youth development Jochen Sauer said in a statement.
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