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FOOTBALL: ZICO WON'T SHRIMP FROM THE LIMELIGHT.

Byline: ALAN NIXON

MORECAMBE have a secret weapon in their giant-killing FA Cup campaign - Zico.

Ryan Zico Black has the most glamorous name in the second round of the Cup - and the confident teenager is being tipped for the top.

The winger has carried the title of the great Brazilian from birth, and luckily it doesn't drive him nuts.

Instead the Northern Ireland youth international positively thrives on the title that brings a bit of samba style to The Shrimps.

Morecambe boss Jim Harvey smiles about his teenage starlet and said: "Ryan's dad was a big fan of Brazil and Zico was his favourite player, so that's why he has the name. It would be a handicap for some kids to live with, but Ryan loves it. In fact it suits his character. He just loves the publicity it brings.

"We've got Match of the Day cameras here for the Cambridge tie. That would maybe put some people off, but this lad will lap up the attention.

"They talk about kids nowadays not wanting to play football because they have too many distractions, but Ryan just lives for the game.

"It says everything about his dedication that he has been with us for three years away from his family who live in Guernsey. He deserves to succeed."

"He's scoring and making goals for us and he will be ready for the big game."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2000
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