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Moises Paniagua's Copa America dream shattered by visa issues

11. June 2024
Moises Paniagua (foto: Twitter)
Moises Paniagua, a 16-year-old Bolivian football prodigy, missed out on participating in Copa America due to visa issues caused by family circumstances.

Moises Paniagua, a super-talented 16-year-old footballer, was set to become the youngest player in the upcoming Copa America representing Bolivia, but his dreams were shattered due to visa issues preventing him from entering the United States.

Paniagua, who made history in the Copa Libertadores as the second youngest scorer of all time, was on the verge of fulfilling his dream to compete in the continental tournament for his national team at just 16 years old.

However, his aspirations were thwarted because he could not obtain a visa for the United States, as his parents were unable to sign the necessary approval. His father was out of the country when the consent needed to be signed, and the situation with his mother remains unclear.

The Bolivian Football Federation stated that Paniagua was selected for the squad traveling to the U.S., although the final list of 26 players for Copa America is yet to be confirmed. Bolivia is in Group C, along with the USA, Paraguay, and Panama.

They will play their first match against the host nation on June 23 in Arlington, Texas. The young attacking midfielder plays for Always Ready, one of Bolivia's top clubs. He scored in the Copa Libertadores as a 16-year-old in a 6-1 victory over Peru's Sporting Cristal.

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