Getting to know Asheville City Soccer: Elma N'For

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Back for season 2 and thirsty for more...when Asheville City Soccer takes the pitch for the start of the 2018 season, they’ll be led by season 1’s top goal scorer, Njeta Elma N’For.

The 22-year-old striker from Cameroon says his love of goal scoring drives him, helping him excel at the position, along with the love for his mother and family.

N’for has been making a name for himself for years, starting on the pitch when he was 8-years-old. N’For played for United 96 International before moving to Wingate University and won the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship under head coach Gary Hamill.

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With Asheville City, N’For ended the inaugural season as the teams top goal scorer and a team leader. In June of 2017, N’For was selected as the twelfth Mitre National Player of the Week for the 2017 NPSL season. After scoring a hat trick in a 3-2 win over FC Carolina United.

For the 2018 season, team owner, Ryan Kelley, expects more of the same from N’For and a strong group of returning players, “we have several key returning players such as Elma N’For and Tom Deeley as well as local standouts Izaiah Vignali and Jarrett Payne.”

N’For says he loves the city of Asheille, the family-friendly atmosphere, the great food, the amazing people, “ and the best Hi-Wire beer ever (so I have been told in case my mother is reading this).” It’s that love of the city, the atmosphere and the drive that makes playing for this team so special, “I love the desire to compete that this team possesses.”

When speaking to the many younger fans that want a future in soccer, N’For says to realize the importance of eagerness and enthusiasm to succeed will take you far, “My tips to any kids out there is to enjoy it but put your everything into it. remember winning isn't important but it's right up there with oxygen.”

N’For has dreams of not only taking his talent to the next level and playing professionally but also building the future of soccer, “(I want to) build a brand that will help kids that have the smarts know how to get their names out there into the world by building a connection,” says N’For. “To tell my mother that she does not have anymore so she can really enjoy everything America has to offer. she has been working hard all her life and I know I can never pay her back for the years of love and care but this will be my way to show my appreciation.”

Until that time, N’For is excited for the start of the 2018 season and what the future holds for Asheville City, “The people brought me back to Asheville. The passion you all have for the game is infectious and I love hearing you all giving the opponent a hard time. Hats off to you all.”

To get the ball rolling for the 2018 season, the team is hosting a Season Launch Party on April 19, from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Hi-Wire Brewing in Asheville. Fans are encouraged to come out and meet the players, staff and fellow Blues enthusiasts.