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Nina Kajzba: A debut in Serie A at 17, leaving her comfort zone with Roma and a love for Italian cuisine

Nina Kajzba is another young footballer who makes the rest of us think; ‘What did I do with my life when I was 17?’ The Roma youngster only turned 17 in April and has already made the incredibly brave decision to uproot her life in Slovenia and travel to the Eternal City to pursue her dreams.

Chat with during an exclusive interview Forza Italian football, Kajzba explained her decision to take the leap of faith and move to a new country.

“In the beginning it was quite difficult because I had to leave my country and my family,” said Kajzba, “but the girls and the staff are really nice, so it’s good to be here and I feel great now.”

The pull of Italy

The emotional blow of leaving her friends and family behind seems to have been mitigated by the architectural beauty of Rome as well as the local cuisine, which seems to be central to Kajzba’s decision-making.

“It’s a big city and probably the most beautiful city I’ve ever been to,” said Kajzba. “There were a few offers from other teams but I like Italy and I like the food, maybe that’s why I like Italy.

“I came here with my manager and the people and the training center were so good. I was so impressed with everything that it was clear that moving to Roma was the right decision.

Moving abroad at such a young age is an incredibly big decision to make, but Kajzba seems to think that more young players should make that decision.

The striker’s goal record in Slovenia was shockingly good. She had scored 32 goals in 14 games for ZNK Pomurje’s first team. She also made four appearances in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, scoring one goal.

“I felt I needed a bigger challenge than Slovenia,” Kajzba admitted. “Being in Slovenia was a comfort zone for me and I wasn’t very excited while I have the opportunity to play with some really good players here. This league [Serie A Femminile] is very good, so I can improve more here than in Slovenia. “

When asked specifically whether more young players should follow in their footsteps, Kajzba said passionately: “Yes, definitely, because that’s life, you have to do what you think is best for yourself. So I just followed my heart and my heart said I should go out and show what I can do at bigger clubs, where I can continue to improve, that’s the most important thing. “

Debut in Serie A

Given her age, it was expected that Kajzba would spend most of her time playing for the Primavera side while continuing to train regularly for the first team.

She clearly did something right in training because she got from Roma beat Naples 4-1 on the second game day. That suggests she could be the first-team in line for a very healthy number of minutes this season as Roma try to stay in the title fight for as long as possible.

“It was the best moment of my career and I enjoyed it so much,” said Kajzba. “I’m really grateful that I got a chance so quickly.

“I knew I was going to train with the first team but I didn’t know I was going to get a chance anytime soon, so it was a surprise to me.”

The debut became all the sweeter for Kajzba thanks to the presence of her parents. It was the first visit since they moved in early August.

“They came to visit because they miss me and I miss them, so it was a good time for them because it only lasted three days.”

Play style and goals

Kajzba is one of those strikers who really need to scare defenders these days. As her goal statistics show, finishing is no problem for her. She can score points with her feet, and at around 1.8 meters there is plenty of room for headed goals.

That might sound like a striker in the penalty area, but her dribbling and pace are also excellent. When asked about this, Kajzba said that it was a mixture of targeted training and her natural abilities.

“It’s part of my natural physicality that I’m tall and fast too, but in training we try to improve the elements of my game that make me better.”

It’s also clear that Kajzba isn’t focusing on her custom suspenders this season. It’s about the team and what they can achieve as a collective.

“I don’t like to put it in numbers, but I just want to play as much as I can and help the team where I can.

“We can definitely achieve more this season than the Roma last season. It’s a great team and a great club and our goals reflect that, so hopefully we can achieve a lot.

Don’t make a mistake, however. If the first Roma goal for Nina Kajzba falls, it will mean a lot to her personally.

“I will probably cry for joy.”

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