Lima, December 30, 2021Updated 12/30/2021 10:49 pm
The Championship of England, a second division tournament, has not stopped its activity at the end of the year and last Wednesday the 25th day of the contest was played. One of the leading teams of the day was Millwall, who had to face Coventry despite the large number of casualties in their squad, due to the contagion of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Faced with these negative circumstances (with only 14 called up), coach Gary Rowett had to rely on the lower categories and decided to include Zak Lovelace, aged 15 years and 340 days. However, the club had to meet some requirements before having the forward on its list of concentrates.
According to EFL regulations, institutions need to request permission from the family and school of athletes under 16 years of age. Millwall delivered on that look, got the go-ahead and Zak Lovelace was ready for his first professional appearance at the Coventry Building Society Arena, under a large crowd of fans.
However, the young talent had to wait for his opportunity on the substitute bench, prepared for any modification that the coach enlists. And the circumstances were favorable for the player and his teammates in ‘The Lions’, since Tom Bradshaw scored the goal from the advantage, in the 79th minute.
Finally, at about 91 ′, coach Gary Rowett allowed Lovelace to enter, who precisely jumped onto the field instead of the scorer of the only goal of the game. The triumph over Coventry was consummated and the youthful protagonist was one of the most excited.
In this way, Zak Lovelace, at 15 years and 340 days, becomes the second youngest footballer to debut in the Millwall jersey. After the meeting, his coach praised him and revealed that he will take it little by little. “We had to get him out of school, he did his homework in the car. It was a lightning bolt on the field, he even followed a rival for about 50 meters. That will be important to keep climbing”, confesó Rowett.