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Profile of Gambian Professional Football Star Solomon Jawneh

Mar 18, 2011, 3:14 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Solomon Jawneh, a 26-year-old Gambian-born football star, who currently plies his trade with the Swiss second division Chevorney FC, has set his sight on earning a call-up to the Gambia's national senior team.

An origin of Upper River Region, Jawneh started his career with Nyakoi Primary School in 1991.

He was promoted to the role of captain in various school teams such as Black Stars, NPE, teams of Basse, URR at a divisional level among others.

While he would be at all levels compared to some of Gambia's foreign-based players that have left a mark in foreign football leagues, even though he has never tasted a national team football at the highest level, Jawneh is making his name high in the Swiss league due to his brilliant scoring ability.

He once had a beautiful taste of national team football when he was invited to join the Gambia national U-17 team for a brief spell before moving to Senegal to play for teams like Maca Kolibantang, Tamba Kunda, Wellingara and Bayo Kunda.

His move to the neighbouring country, Senegal, has paved the way for the forward to secure a brilliant switch to Ireland where he had some memorable moments with Dublin Junior.

Spain was the third destination for the offensive minded Gambian-born star who was a key member of the Llavaners, Premia de Marr, CE Premia de Dal as well as Badalona where he has proven to be a deadly goal scorer.

Jawneh 26 also had stints with two other Swiss football clubs in Rances and Chavornay.

He continued his long and hectic journey and in the process signed a professional contract with Yverdon Sports, in Switzerland, and has since managed to play an influential role in the club's success over the period.

His impressive performances saw him make a sensational switch to another Swiss team called Azzuri.

Jawneh's valuable contribution does not only stop at playing football.

He has also established a football academy in Brikama Newtown named after himself, Solomon Football Academy, as part of his contribution in the development and promotion of football in his homeland, The Gambia.

The Academy, located at Brikama Sanneh Kunda, was founded in 2009 and has an impressive total number of 108 kids who are all trying their luck in the Academy under the guidance of Alagie Njie.

Jawneh strike rate alerted many European clubs that have made no secret of their desire to secure his service but he maintained allegiance to his Swiss side Chevorney where he still remain a key figure since moving to the club three years ago.