Watch: Elvis Kamsoba – From African War to Melbourne Victory

“We fled the war when I was four months… I kept crying so they almost threw me out of the water.”

Elvis Kamsoba is fast becoming a star in the Australian A-League, but his life hasn’t always been easy, having grown up in a refugee camp in Tanzania after his family were forced to flee war-torn Burundi when he was just a child.

Upon arriving in Australia as a young man, he didn’t speak a word of English but he did speak the language of football.

His rise through the lower divisions of the Australian game has been rapid and this month, Kamsoba signed a contract with current A-League champions, Melbourne Victory (as reported by the club’s official website).

His story is one of poverty to increasing stardom, but he’s only just getting started.

This is Elvis’ story.

Video provided by and courtesy of BAIN Media.