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Searching for new dreams after acid attack nightmare: The remarkable comeback of Tega Agberhiere

Future was bright for talented teen – and still can be – but for now he is trying to cope with physical and mental scars

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Tega Agberhiere poses for a picture ahead of the coming season with Waterford’s U-19 side. Photo: Waterford FC/Sportsfile

Tega Agberhiere poses for a picture ahead of the coming season with Waterford’s U-19 side. Photo: Waterford FC/Sportsfile

Tega Agberhiere poses for a picture ahead of the coming season with Waterford’s U-19 side. Photo: Waterford FC/Sportsfile

Tega Agberhiere drew breath, held up the mirror, and stared down a vision of himself that he'd never seen.

At 16 years of age, he had of course been used to the same face looking back at him. The little details that he wished on occasion he could change; the elements that gave him pride and confidence; but ultimately so much mundane based on familiarity.

In this moment though, the reflection was no longer him.