Mnoga: Portsmouth debut was best experience of my life

Pompey debutant Haji Mnoga described his maiden Blues outing as ‘the best experience of his life’.

The 16-year-old was handed a start in the 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy victory over Crawley last night.

And he suitably impressed at right-back, before being replaced by Tom Naylor just after the hour mark.

His debut represents a meteoric rise for the former Trafalgar School pupil, who only signed first-year scholarship terms with the club back in June.

He is the second-youngest player to represent the Blues in post-war history, behind Joe Hancott, who made his debut in last season’s Checkatrade Trophy.

Using his official Twitter account, @hajimnoga, Mnoga thanked those who have helped him along the way.

Haji Mnoga in action for Pompey against Crawley Picture: Joe Pepler

Haji Mnoga in action for Pompey against Crawley Picture: Joe Pepler

And the teenager expressed hope that plenty more Pompey first-team appearances would be on offer in the future with yet more hard work.

His tweet read: ‘What a feeling making my first team debut!

‘Best experience of my life and hopefully more to come.

‘Big thank you to everyone who has helped me so far on this journey.

‘Now it’s time to get my head down and keep working harder.’