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Profile: Saikou Sidibeh, promising centre forward

Aug 26, 2010, 3:16 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The Gambia continued to establish itself as one of the leading producers of the continent's brightest talents and the latest youngster set to make a mark in the country's youth football is Saikou Sidibeh.

The 15-year-old Steve Biko prolific forward is currently in Morocco, as he is set to make his debut for the Baby Scorpions as the team travelled to face Morocco in the first-leg of the African U-17 qualifiers in Casablanca this Saturday.

Born in Bakau Washling Kunda, Sidibeh began his playing career with youth team called Bantankoto. His passion and the desire to make a huge impact in his career paved the way for him to settle at Gilkock Academy, under the guidance of Steve Biko Head Coach Abdoulie Bojang, who continued to play a significant role in his career.

During his long spell with Gilkock Academy, the ever determined young centre forward continued to prove himself with the support of Abdoulie Bojang and his coaching staff and his amazing skills, coupled with some great technical abilities to make a difference is considered to be the driving force behind his success.

Sidibeh, who has succeeded in winning the heart of a host of top Nawettan clubs in Bakau opted to make a quick switch to Vidar, who repeatedly expressed their desire to secure the service of undeniable one of the fierce-looking centre forwards in the country's youth football in recent years.

Shortly after making Vidar moved, Sidibeh did not disappoint the Bakau outfit with some outstanding displays, guiding the team to their first-ever league title in his first full season.

His sublimed volley and a decisive goal was all but enough to help Vidar lift the title at the expense of Ron Mango with a 1-0 victory in the final.

In addition to that magnificent performance, Sidibeh who scored a superb long range effort that help the U-17 team come from behind to secure a dramatic 2-2 draw with the National U-20 team in a friendly match, at the Brikama Box Bar Mini-stadium two months ago, went on to lead Vidar to a super cup title after defeating Scantours in the final at the Bakau Mini-stadium.

Following a successful stint with Vidar where he won a series of titles, Sidibeh wasted no time in jumping the prospects of joining the Bakau Giant Killers Steve Biko, the biggest club of his career to date. Sidibeh himself used the platform to pay tribute to Steve Biko management, who has since managed to produce the best out of the young prodigy transforming him into becoming one of the finest young centre forwards in the country.

After graduating from the rank of youth system at Biko, Sidibeh has since managed to hold down a regular first team place with the Bakau Giant Killers, with some eye-catching performances since his promotion to the senior team a few years ago.

As a result, Sidibeh earned the admiration of the GFA selection committee during the nation-wide selection, and has since proven himself beyond all reasonable doubts, which saw him survived omission from the final 18-man U-17 squad currently preparing to rub shoulders with Morocco in the U-17 qualifiers.

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