TWELVE years on from joining QPR, Osman Kakay admits his debut in last night’s EFL Cup tie against Rochdale was a dream come true.
The teenager, who turns 19 tomorrow (Thursday), played 73 minutes as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s charges came from a goal down to beat Keith Hill’s side 2-1 and advance to the third round stage.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Kakay – who spent time on loan at Livingston last season – expressed his pride at pulling on the QPR shirt for the first time at senior level.
“It’s a big achievement and a dream come true for me having been at this club for so long,” he said.
“It was a great experience for me to be out there wearing the first team shirt.
“It was a good game. The tempo was high throughout and I felt I did okay.
“I worked as hard as I could and hopefully I did enough to impress.”
Kakay joined QPR at the tender age of six and having featured prominently throughout the R’s pre-season campaign, was given his chance to shine by Hasselbaink last night.
“I’ve been through all the stages of progression here,” he said.
“I’ve worked hard, I’ve waited for my chance and the gaffer has been keen to get me involved, so it’s been great.
“I’m a right-back by trade but the gaffer sees me playing in other positions and that’s great.
“I’m just happy to be in and around the first team and if the manager wants me to play in a wide midfield role, of course I’m happy too!”
Sandro’s two goals ensured Rangers will be in the hat for tonight’s third round draw and Kakay added: “I’ve been playing with Sandro a lot during pre-season, so I am really pleased for him. He took both his goals really well.
“Rochdale’s early goal was a setback for us but we dug in and got our way back into the match just before half-time.
“I thought we were by far the better team in the second half and in the end we got the second goal our performance deserved.
“It’s nice to be in the hat for the next round.”
Kakay was replaced by Sebastian Polter 17 minutes from time and went off to a standing ovation from the home faithful – something that meant a lot to the Westminster-born youngster.
“The standing ovation was amazing and meant a lot to me personally,” he said.
“It showed the fans appreciated my performance and that’s something really special as a young player.
“I just want to keep working hard, keep developing and see where it takes me.
“The manager is keen to have the young players around the first team and look to bring us through when the time is right, so I’ve just got to keep doing my best every day and hopefully I can keep featuring.”