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Gambian Youngster To Pen Deal With Reading Academy

Dec 24, 2009, 2:20 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The 15-year-old Gambian youngster Foday Sidibeh is expected to put pen to paper on a two-year professional contract with the Reading Academy in the United Kingdom, Pointsport was reliably informed yesterday.

The versatile youngster who can play either in Midfield, as well as a striker moved to the United Kingdom in 2003 to stay with his parents.

Sidibeh who expressed his desire to play for The Gambia national U-17 team was an integral part of Earlham during his time in the Primary School where he established himself as one of the symbols of the Primary School team as a skipper after joining them in 2003.

His outstanding performances during his spell with the Primary School team earned him a captaincy with Cowley Boys in the Ecpot league, and was able to sign a contract before moving to the Secondary School.

The lanky midfielder who walked into the Point office yesterday alongside his uncle revealed to this reporter that the Reading Academy has expressed their interest to sign one of The Gambia's promising youngsters who spent six years playing in different teams in the United Kingdom. He is hopeful of signing a two-year professional contract with the former premier league side Academy team in January.

"The Reading Academy officials have already expressed their interest to sign me and I am looking forward to securing a two-year deal with them," the Gambian forward told this reporter.

The Gambian star who is a native of Janjanbureh, Maccarthy Island further went onto express his desire to represent The Gambia in future international championship.

"I am ever ready to represent my country anytime I am needed and hopefully, we will make it next time," he told our reporter.

Foday Sidibeh was part of the Gambian foreign based players that were supposed to take part in the just ended U-17 World Cup finals in Nigeria, but could not make the trip.

He received his first call up to the Baby Scorpions side during the team's three weeks intensive training camp in the United Kingdom but could not take part in the camp.