After sustaining serious injuries, MOSES (28) - a former premier league player from Nigeria - is forced to accept that his football career has come to an end. In order to stay in the game, he transforms himself into a talent scout and embarks on a mission to bring young and aspiring African players to Europe. Tempting them with big promises that seem impossible to keep, Moses soon finds himself entangled in football’s infamous player trade, a system he once loathed himself. Because Moses once too was one of the thousands of African football play- ers that come to Europe to follow in the footsteps of their heroes Sadio Mané, Yaya Touré, Didier Drogba and many others. But only a happy few will succeed in building a professional career on a European football pitch.
For every successful African football player, thousands remain in the shadows, not making it professionally, and not able to return to Africa, out of shame and fear of disappointing their families back home. They keep roaming around Europe, with no papers and no safety net. You can find these stranded players on fields in the suburbs of large European cities. There, they train to stay fit, hoping as yet for their breakthrough.
Directors: Maarten Goffin, Louis Pons, Joost Wynant
Producer: Gert van Berckelaer
Editors: Thomas Pooters, Gert van Berckelaer
Grading: Pieter-Jan Uvyn
Post-production coordination: Sophie Schyns
Post-production supervision: Wim De Rick
Motion design: Robin Sinnaeve
VFX: Annelies Vaes, Robin Sinnaeve