Gambia’s football idol discovered in Sweden

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A young Gambian is among the best European youth players currently being scouted by the world’s leading teams, including Man United and Juventus in England and Italy, respectively.

Bubakary Sonko, who originally hailed from Jarra Si-Kunda in Lower River Region, was among 16 best players chosen from over 100,000 others.

Sonko’s best European team has since been on international football assignments; they played matches in the US, Mexico and Europe. The team lost against Manchester United’s U-21 side 2-1 last Wednesday.

“It was a difficult game for us,” Sonko wrote on his Facebook page. “We started the game with ease but it was difficult to keep up with physical and fast English football. They almost outplayed us in the first half but we gained ball control in the second half.”

bubakary sonkoThe 22-year-old striker plays for Värmdö, a second division side in Sweden. He is highly admired for his goal scoring ability. Sonko scored a goal in every match his team has played. His European side recently whipped Juventus youth team 6-0, with the Gambian scoring a hat trick.

Bubakary’s side is schedule to play against Manchester United’s youth team on February 24.

Sonko described himself as “a strong target player who is a danger in the penalty box” of an opponent team. He is a carpenter by profession who wants to trade a career in football.

Kibaaro News could not ascertain whether Sonko will be interested in playing for his native country, the Gambia.