Former Milan director Braida on Camarda’s age: “Only quality matters”

By Isak Möller -

Francesco Camarda is included in AC Milan’s squad for the crucial game against Fiorentina tonight. Despite being just 15 years old, he will be the only striker on the bench. As argued by Ariedo Braida, however, the age doesn’t matter. 

Stefano Pioli will rely on Luka Jovic in the No.9 role this evening as Olivier Giroud is suspended and Noah Okafor is injured. The Serbian has been very disappointing so far and will have to turn a corner tonight.

On the bench, the Primavera star Camarda will be ready. In an interview with Radio Firenze Viola, the former Milan director Ariedo Braida was asked about the striker’s young age. He made it clear that it doesn’t matter, as long as the quality is there.

“My way of seeing football is clear: age doesn’t matter, only quality matters. If someone is good, they must play even at 16. Sometimes players need a path, others are ready at a very young age. If the coach thinks he’s good then he must play. Age, I repeat, doesn’t matter,” he said as cited by MilanNews.

Braida was a director at Milan for a whopping 27 years (1986-2013), so he certainly knows a thing or two about talented players. An appearance off the bench still seems very unlikely for Camarda, but we cannot rule anything out when it comes to Milan these days.

Tags AC Milan Ariedo Braida Fiorentina Francesco Camarda


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