of the seven football scouts who visited The Gambia say they were satisfied
with the talents they discovered in the country during their three-day trial at
the QCity Sports Complex in Bijilo. They visited the country as guests of the
Ebo Town-based Super Stars Academy, a club that was formed in March, last year.
Ofer Ben Assa of Maccabi Haifa from Israeli said his agency was able to export over 10 Gambian players into teams in Israel and across Europe. He said they planned to take similar figure each year to foreign clubs. “We invested a lot of money to organise this trial in The Gambia. Through our connection, we brought seven scouts from Croatia, Israel, France, Italy and Serbia.”
According to him, over 10 players were identified and three stood out whom, he said can play in the highest leagues. “These scouts will now go back to their clubs to update them on what they found in The Gambia.”
Another scout from Serbia, Srdan Burgarski of Red Star Belgrade said the visit gave him the opportunity to watch so many young talented players that have the talents to play in professional leagues.
According to him, he has seen players that he was interested in even though he fell short of disclosing their names. “We will go back and do our analysis before choosing any player. It now depends on the club I am representing in this scouting mission,” he said.
As a first time visitor, he said he was happy with the reception accorded to the delegation. “We watched good players, but the only thing I am not satisfied with is the elementary technique and tactical.”
Other scouts who were also part of the scouting mission include, Walter Maccreli and Viniero Semprini of Inter Milan, Christian Lariepe, Chief Scout for Africa for Lille, France; Jackie Philip Dahan, Rarana, Ramadan Sharon of Israel; and Vladimir Czsrtini, Chief scout, Red Star Belgrade.
Ismaila Jagne known as Alex Kala, a former Gambia international player, heads the Ebo Town-based Super Stars Academy.
The academy currently has over 70 players and the academy is planning to register for the KM Regional Football Association Regional qualifiers.
Ousman Gaye, secretary general of the football academy said the purpose of the visit by the scouts is to open up opportunities for footballers to turn professional players. He said the academy has over the years helped many players turn professional. Among them, he said, is former Banjul United Star Pa Omar Babou, who now plays in Croatia.
Abdourahman Barry is the vice president of the football academy, He said the academy is legally registered and as well affiliated to the KMRFA and The Gambia Football Federation (GFF).