Kenni Thompson loving life in London, looking to shine with Bermuda
Kenni Thompson is hopeful her positive start to life with FA Women's Championship team London City Lionesses will help lead to the fulfilment of international ambitions, as well as encourage upcoming players.
Thompson, who signed with London City in August last year, after her move from Spanish first division team Santa Teresa, has already contributed a goal and an assist from midfield in her ten games with the club.
London City are sitting in second place in the league standings on 25 points, after 12 matches. They are seven points behind Liverpool, having played one game less, than the team from Merseyside. They are also second in their Cup group, behind West Ham.
“I’m grateful to London City for providing the opportunity to play in the Championship, after the period in Spain, playing in Iberdrola Primera,” Thompson told The Royal Gazette.
“It is an ambitious club and I’ve settled well at the club and the area in general.
“I’ve had some good performances so far, and I’m motivated to improve and show my level, by continuing to work hard,”
The 21-year-old, who was previously a part of Chelsea's under-15 set-up, had spent most of her career in Spain, having also represented Deportivo La Coruña and Espanyol.
“For me, my personal and professional ambitions always seem to align,” she added.
“This season's main objective is winning the league and getting promoted into the Women’s Super League.
“We are in a very competitive league with many teams capable of earning the sole spot, so I try to bring something different to help the team have an edge.
In addition to her general performance on the field, Thompson grabbed headlines with a thunderous 81st-minute strike from outside the box against Coventry City on January 23 to earn a 1-0 win after coming on as a substitute.
“It’s always a great feeling to score a goal, but that one meant a lot more, not just to me, but the team as well,” she said.
“We knew how difficult it would be to get three points in that fixture and every win takes us closer to our goal of winning the league.
“Being subbed in, you want to make a difference. We needed a goal and all I was thinking about was finding a way to help get that breakthrough.
“The moment the ball came, I wasn’t really thinking too much. It was more of an instinct to put my head down and find an angle to shoot and make something happen.”
Months earlier on debut, Thompson also won a penalty to help the team to a 1-0 win over Liverpool, a day after signing with the club.
Meanwhile, Thompson is paying keen attention to the developments taking place around the game in the region and is hoping that her success in
England will open up more opportunities for her to represent the country.
She is also hoping that encourage youngsters to recognise the avenues available to them through sports, with hard work and application.
“I’m happy to hear that Concacaf is structuring women’s international football in the region to include more matches around the international match calendar, which is exciting for Bermuda,” added Thompson, the daughter of North Village coach and former Bermuda coach
“In the short term, I’m focused on in making a career in football. It’s very difficult and I have a long and challenging road ahead. I really want to represent Bermuda at some point.
“When I first went out to Spain, I’d watch players playing at such a high level regardless of the age and I wanted to be part of that.
“When my dad would bring teams over to Spain to play matches and those children have that same passion and enthusiasm, I always felt I had a responsibility to perform and show them that they can get there as well.
“Whether it’s girls or boys, you always want to help inspire the next generation and help the game continue to grow.”
The Lionesses return to league action against fifth-placed Durham on Sunday.