Profile: Lamin Sarjo Samateh

Thursday, April 29, 2010

He is arguably one of the most popular and outstanding players in the country's top flight football with some extraordinary performances which saw him guided Samger to their first super cup title in the annals of the club.

The 16-year-old youngster who began his career with the local side S.Vlaer in Tallinding at a tender age was the key to the successes registered by Samger as his valuable contribution to help Coach Jane Joof's side that enjoyed a hard fought 2-1 victory over Wallidan, to lift their first-ever super cup title before a capacity crowd at the Brikama Box Bar Mini-stadium last year.

Born in Fajara in 1993 to Gambian Parents: Mariama Ceesay and Sarjo Samateh, who is a native of Jali in the Lower River Region, Samateh fell in love with football when he was still going to school and has since managed to make a big impact in guiding S.Vlaer to a series of junior league title since he joined the Tallinding outfit, a decade ago.

He has served as the team captain during his successful stint with S.Vlaer before moving to the Academy side Samger in 2006.

Samateh's achievement is not only limited to the club side, he was an integral part of The Gambia national U-17 team's success as the baby scorpions underwent a successful Pepsi Academy Football Tournament, prior to The Gambia's participation to the last World U-17 Youth Championship in Nigeria.

Samateh remained The Gambia's most outstanding player, but the star could not rescue his country as the two time African champions suffered an early exit from FIFA's third biggest tournament following an early exit from the tournament, owing to many factors surrounding the team's failure to achieve the desired result.

A year after guiding Samger to a super cup title Samateh, who has made no secret of his desire to play for Manchester United at some point in his playing career was so instrumental as he netted 6 times to help the club finished the runners-up in 2007/08 GFA Division One League Championship.

He is currently the leading scorer in the ongoing GFA Division One League Championship, as he hammered 9 goals in 14 league appearances in the race to claim the golden boot award.
Author: Lamin Drammeh