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The first Gambian man to play professional soccer in Latin America

Posted by African Press International on March 14, 2007

Banjul (The Gambia) Gambian under 20 footballer, Yankuba Ceesay, becomes the first from the tiny West African country to play professional soccer in Latin America, and most precisely in Peru, a local daily in Gambia has reported.

The ‘Point Sports’ newspaper in its latest edition said Ceesay, popularly called Maal, put us an impressive debut in Peru last week when he played full time as a midfielder for the the Alainza Atheletico of Peru in the country’s first division derby against Sport Ancash which ended in a one-all draw.

Maal, who was captain of the Gambian first division giant, Wallidan, and played for the country’s under 20 squad joined Alainza Atheletico a couple of weeks ago after an impressive trial.

This development followed Gambia’s under 17 team’s equally impressive performance at the FIFA junior world cup tournament in Peru in 2005 when his squad defeated their Brazilian counterpart.

Ceesay, who had a brief spell in Cyprus with AEK Larnaca before moving to Sullana in Peru, finally joined Atheletico, making him the first Gambian to play professional football in South America.

Maal, who is looking forward to joining the Gambian senior side, has already played in all national side encounters at the junior level for his country.


Published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa


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