The 18-year-old scored a brilliant finish against Manchester City in the UEFA Youth League and continues his rise through the ranks of Italian youth football.
Scarf first arrived in Italy as a student and started playing Primavera football via Carpi but his brilliance in defence led to Napoli snapping him up where he is excelling in both the Primavera and European youth football.
The promising defender speaks to Ghana Sports Online’s El Akyereko.
Most young African footballers struggle to deal with changing climate conditions and cultural differences when they initially arrive in Europe but youngster Michael Scarf believes his zeal to play in Europe helped him to shift his focus and maintain a tough mentality to succeed in Italy.
“Moving from Ghana to play in Europe was something I had wished for in my football career. because of how determined I was to play outside I never found any difficulties in how to associate with their culture and the people as well as the weather.”
Scarf has garnered his experience playing in the Primavera but his form in the UEFA Youth League has drawn attention to him and he explains he has learnt quickly since he started playing Primavera football.
“I played my first Primavera league in Carpi then I moved to Napoli on loan after the season so this is my second year in the Primavera so I kind of understand the demands of the league.”
Moving from Carpi to Napoli would always bring a rise in expectations and Scarf says the expectations are always great.
“The expectation is high because of the name and they also look at the future of the youth players so you always have to prove yourself on the field of play.”
To secure a move to Napoli mean you have to show great qualities and extra talent and the left-back has spoken about his specialties on the pitch.
“My specialties on pitch I will say are my accurate passes, overlapping crosses and I also run a lot on the field of play.”
Despite being at the tender age of 18 Scarf is already dreaming of winning big laurels and gracing that cherishable moment on the pitch.
“Winning [trophies] for a big club like Napoli and also for my country will be the most special moments in my career and I look forward to these times ahead in the future.”
He left the shores of the West African country with a lot of ambitions and one of them is representing his motherland at various tournaments and he is still holding on to that dream.
“It will be the greatest pleasure to represent my nation Ghana at various international tournaments and I look forward to that time but until then my focus is on developing at Napoli.”
Scarf sheds light on how he got the opportunity to harness his talent in Europe from playing the popular ‘gutter-to-gutter’ football in Ghana.
“It all started on the street you know. We used to play on the street until one day my agent saw me playing and picked me up and brought me to school in Italy and later began to play football.”
As big as his ambition is Scarf brushes off talks of scoring against English giants Manchester City in the UEFA Youth League.
“It wasn’t anything big scoring against Manchester City. It was a normal feeling.”
Scarf is one of the few Ghanaian players playing in this season’s UEFA Youth League and just like Alfred Duncan with Inter Milan and Gideon Mensah with Red Bull Salzburg he hopes to win the become the next Ghanaian to lift the trophy.
“I would love to become the next Ghanaian to win the UEFA Youth League but that would come with a lot of hard work and dedication and also good and consistent performance from my team.“