My name is Emmanuel Afriyie Mario Sabbi. My mother tells me, if there was one thing that was for certain when she was pregnant with me, it was what my first name would be. Emmanuel, one of God’s numerous names in the Christian Bible meaning “God is with us”, was not a hard one to settle on given everything that was happening around my family at the time.
My parents migrated to the United States for a better life for me and my siblings when I was very young but I was born in Schio, a small town in the province of Vicenza, Italy. Football was huge in Schio. You’d find kids playing in every corner you turn in the town and this is where I believe my passion for the game started.