Cherno Samba: My ultimate dream is to qualify Gambia to AFCON and World Cup

Friday, May 17, 2019

Former Gambian international Cherno Samba said he has a strong ambition to assist Gambia to reach to the Africa Cup of Nations and ultimately the World cup in the near future.

The professional trained coach Samba said the Scorpions failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations since their debut appearance in the continent’s biggest football fray qualifiers in 1975. “My ultimate dream is to qualify Gambia to the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup,” Samba told this reporter in a recent interview. “Now, I don’t want to sit here and talk about that. I want the coach’s job but at the moment there is already a coach and that will be disrespectful of me to talk about a coach position for now.”

He said he has seen countries that he believed Gambia is better than in terms of football but yet they have been doing far too better than The Gambia.

Samba illustriously played his career with Mill wall, Cadiz Malaga B, Plymouth, Panetolikos and Tonsberg, before retiring from the game at the age of 29 due to injury.

In 2017, he started his UEFA Licence at the Chelsea training ground Cobham with the likes of former England international and Chelsea captain Frank Lampard, who is now the coach of Derby County. He already secure his UEFA A licence badge and at spurs junior team.

Born in a football family, Samba went to England at the age of six to join his parents and the boy later join Mill wall after he registered his name as the most sought after prodigy in the UK.

He played for England at various junior categories and recorded tremendous success before finally deciding to put on The Gambian colors at senior level in 2008 to 2010.

In 2018, Samba published a book title –Still in the Game- which was the much talked about book in the United Kingdom as he narrates his high and lows in his career. The book will serve as inspiration for young people and generation unborn to come.

Author: Lamin Del Fadera