Watch: The Sorba Thomas interview that made us love him even more
It was the moment Huddersfield Town flyer Sorba Thomas had dreamed of – making his debut for Wales.
After his joy at being called up to the Wales squad, the Huddersfield Town flyer whose avowed wish it was to play for the country of his mother’s birth, was granted his wish against the Czech Republic last night.
Stepping onto the pitch to earn his first cap as a 76th minute substitution for Neco Williams in the action packed 2-2 World Cup qualifier, he looked the part from the off, showcasing his pace, trickery and a delivery that was quicker than Amazon Prime.
Interviewed after the game for S4C’s Sgorio programme he couldn’t contain his delight.
With a grin as wide as the Severn Crossing he bubbled with enthusiasm about getting on to play for the vociferous Wales away fans, how he hoped he had made his mum proud and the match shirt signed by the whole squad that he couldn’t wait to frame and put up on his wall.
‘Speechless… I hope I’ve done my Mum proud’
Sorba Thomas sy’n ymateb i’w ymddangosiad cyntaf i Gymru. 🏴
— Sgorio ⚽️ (@sgorio) October 8, 2021
Like a competition winner who couldn’t believe his luck, his infectious enthusiasm, humble nature and excitement at playing for Wales has endeared him to the Red Wall and quickly established him as a firm fan favourite.
Last week the winger, who was named Championship Player of the Month for August, had made his desire to play for Wales abundantly clear with an Instagram post that had every Wales fan cheering.
The player wasn’t best pleased when he saw his new FFA 22 game card. Not only did he take umbrage at his ratings on the bestselling game, but was so mortified that his card featured the English flag, he cut out a tiny Welsh flag and covered over the offending item.
Huddersfield Town subsequently released a video which endeared him to the Red Wall even more.
It featured Sorba and his team mate Levi Colwill, with the newly called up Welshman lampooning his Instagram post, covering up the English flag with a Welsh flag and saying: “That’s better, that’s better. Now you see that. That’s a Welshman. You get it.”
— Huddersfield Town (@htafc) September 28, 2021
The player whose mam is from Newport had spoken of his aspirations to play for Wales previously. In a recent interview with the BBC he said: “My mum was born in Newport. If I keep doing what I am doing, I hope I can achieve one of my personal goals and make my mum happy.”
I’m sure Mrs Thomas and the rest of Sorba’s relatives are absolutely made up today.
We know every Wales fan is.