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Profile of young Gambian professional footballer: Sainey Mboge

Jul 8, 2010, 4:02 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Sainey Mboge, a Gambian born Eldon Celtic utility player who is on the verge of representing The Gambia in the U-20 qualifiers for the first time is becoming a household name in English youth football.

The 18-year-old forward who can also play in different positions was invited by the Gambia Football Association to take part in the upcoming African Orange U-20 Championship, slated for 24th July.

Mboge who left The Gambia for the United Kingdom at the age of 13 has already joined the rest of his teammates at the Brikama Box Bar Mini-stadium on Tuesday morning in preparation for the 17th African U-20 Orange Championship, as The Gambia looked set to host Sierra Leone in a fortnight time at the Independence Stadium.

Mboge began his career with the Glory Baptist School team before moving to Marina International School a few years ago.

He began his professional career with Unity FC, where he had a brief spell as a semi-professional. He later switched to AFC Charvil youth team in the UK.

Mboge was born in Banjul to a Gambian father, Seedy Mboge. He has signed a 3-year contract with his current club Eldon Celtic, which he helped to win the 2009\10 Reading and District Sunday Football League, called Treasurers Cup Winner in his first full season at the club.

Eldon Celtic was founded in 1964 and has since its early days produced a good number of big name players who are in high-profile youth teams, such as Chelsea and Stoke City in the English Premier League.

Mboge has set his sight firmly on holding down a regular first team action and is ready for the task.

"My focus is to secure a permanent place in the U-20 team even thought it wouldn't be any easy task," the Banjul born young attacking midfielder disclosed to Pointsport.