A Pro in the making: Meet Gibriel Sillah, a Gambian Youngster Making Waves in the Senegalese League
Born on the 7th December, 1998 in Barra village, North Bank Region of The Gambia; Gibriel Sillah grew up with the passion to play football with the intention of becoming a professional player someday.
Raised up in a town that has most of its youthful populace focused in fishing and other farming, Gibriel had a different dimension, which is to play football and become a professional football player.
The Barra native started playing football in the streets of Barra and later to the community level, before he eventually joined Samger FC in the year 2013. He spent three years at Samger before he later moved to Fortune FC at the end of the 2016 season. A move to Fortune FC became unfortunate for the 21yrs old, when he couldn’t kick a ball for his new club, due to the series of injuries he was undergoing.
“After sitting for a complete season without competing, i was later approached by a Senegalese first division side Tengueth FC, were I later joined and penned a three years contract” Sillah disclosed.
The Tengueth FC new youngster jelled into the team and adding more value to the team, thanks to his performances on the wings and strength; tricky and fast play, that gave the team the option to play with pace and flair from the wings.
In 2018/2019 season Gibriel helped his club win the Senegalese cup, dubbed Coupe Du Senegal, playing a pivotal role in the team.
“The Gambian league plays much of tactical football with lots of skillful youngsters, in the Senegalese league it’s a different scenario, the league is very much physical with high tempo games. The other important aspect is the player salary and match bonuses, which is way better compared to what The Gambian clubs pay” Sillah said.
“A lot clubs in Senegal showed and are still showing interest in signing me, but I have to hold on. However, my dream in football is to be a professional player in the future and I’m working tirelessly to make sure that I achieve those dreams in the soonest possible time” Gibriel Sillah concluded.
The Senegalese league has been a route to professional leagues and elite level for most of Gambia footballers who start their playing career in The Gambia. One of the most recent are Ablie Jallow and Yankuba Jarju who were playing for Real de Banjul in Gambia then went to Generation Foot of the Senegalese League, before joining Metz and Pau FC respectively, in France.
By Lamin Bojang.