Jan Đapo is one of the discoveries of the 2023/24 season opener: the youngster bounced back from a tough patch to convince Aćimović
Today, Jan Đapo is living his dream. But a year ago, his life was much more complicated, much less pleasant… But he did not give up. He bit and bit and fought even when it was the hardest. Even in the moments when fate has played cruelly with him. But after every rain the sun shines and Jan Đapo is the crowning proof of the need to persevere, of never giving up and of how sometimes even two steps back are not the end.
A story that was only a dream at first sight
When Jan Đapo signed for the
, he was in seventh heaven. Mura was the reigning champion, playing in Europe, the euphoria was at its peak. To stay in Murska Sobota despite signing a contract would have been too soon for a teenager at that time. Sašo Udovič, Krka’s sporting director, insisted that it would be best for him to play in Novo mesto on loan for another six months. Jan Đapo continued to develop his potential in familiar surroundings, then left for Fazanerija in the summer – convinced that he had a great story ahead of him. But this was not the case.
And as if the fact that he simply didn’t get the right opportunity at Mura wasn’t enough, in the middle of last summer a tragedy struck and hit the boy hard – he was left without a mother. Home was too far away at that moment, so it was not surprising when Mura sent him back to the capital of Dolenjska to toughen up. In familiar surroundings, the boy from Brežice healed his wounds by doing what he loves best – playing football. In the 2022/23 season, he played 21 league games for Krka, scoring two goals and, above all, proving once again what many clubs already knew: that he has an enviable talent.
This year, it was expected that the 188 centimetres tall left wing-back, who is also excellent in attacking actions, would return to Murska Sobota, but this was not the case. Mura gave him up quickly (many would say too quickly), and without playing a single game! They have taken advantage of this
who brought Đap into their ranks and scored a goal. Jan Đapo immediately became an important member of the yellow family, playing five games in the championship so far and scoring his first league goal against Bravo.
First time ever in national team kit
Today, the difficulties he was going through months ago are a distant memory. The grandson of former Brežice footballer Vili Drobnić and son of former handball player Zlatan Đap is living his dream. And as if a great start on the Telemach First League greens wasn’t enough, Jan Đapo will also don the national team kit for the first time in his career. Milenko Aćimović, the Under-21 national team selector, recalled a player who never played for the national team even when he was younger. Rightly so, if I may add. And as proof that in life we should never give up…
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