Moore up front: Wigan’s Kieffer Moore on journey from lifeguard to Wales striker

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Forward Kieffer Moore was close to capping his Wales debut with a goal against BelarusEuro 2020 qualifier: Slovakia v WalesVenue: Anton Malatinský Stadium, Trnava Date: Thursday, 10 October Kick-off: 19:45 BSTCoverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.As Wales approach a time of sink or swim in their bid to qualify for the 2020 European Championship, they at least now have a player who knows how to ride the waves.Life was never a beach for Kieffer Moore – part-time days as a lifeguard were spent by the side of a pool rather than on the coast.But that doesn’t mean the 6ft 5in 27-year-old hasn’t seen the agonising ebb and flow of football; the mix of thinking you’ve made it, only to then struggle to keep your head above water. The Wigan Athletic striker made his Wales debut in last month’s 1-0 win over Belarus, but international football was not in his thoughts when he grafted through the amateur leagues, working and scoring his way into the professional ranks before dreams threatened to disappear quicker than they ever came.”Surreal” is how he describes his route to this point – in Slovakia for Thursday’s key fixture in Trnava, before the squad return to Cardiff to face Croatia three days later.It is the latest stopping point on a journey for the Torquay-born striker that has included stints in non-league and Norway before international recognition through a North Walian grandparent.”I think my path’s very different to a lot of people

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