Taking to the field as a professional footballer for the first time must be a great feeling. However it must have been doubly so for Cosmin Lambru when he made his debut for Romanian third division side Petrolul during their cup game against Mioveni. For the eighteen year old plays football wearing a prosthetic as he only has a right hand. The teenager lost his left hand after a truck hit him while he and his friends were walking down a street when he was just eight years old. Speaking about the accident to Romanian newspaper Daily Sport, Lambru said: ‘We were coming home when a truck skidded and headed towards me. I threw myself into the vehicle to try and get under it. I felt terrible pain but I was aware that I had been taken to hospital.’ Despite suffering such a serious injury, the aspiring footballer refused to give up on his dream to play professionally. ‘When I returned to football, I started to learn new things and especially how to fall, just resting on one arm,’ Lambru told sport.ro. ‘It was not easy at all, but I did not cry and never do it. I’m not being cared for by anyone and I do not want to be. I have no fear of putting my foot on the ball, being attacked harder. That’s just football, only for the strong ones. Life is a struggle that never ends.’ As for the result of the match, unfortunately Petrolul lost the game 4-3 on penalties. Well at least Petrolul have found themselves a new star.
November 15, 2017