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Santos hit man silenced on Scorpions invitation

Mar 27, 2017, 12:42 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Santos FC midfielder Alagie Bah has refused to be dragged into criticism of coach Sang Ndong, despite several calls for his invitation to the Scorpions setup.

There have been repeated calls by the fans for the inclusion of the 23-year-old wonder kid, and players have now joined the campaign for his services.

His former team-mate Baboucarr Trawally, alias Steve, is the latest footballer to express his desire to have Bah alongside him in the team.

He said: “I have played alongside Alagie before and, believe me, he’s the best I’ve ever played with. I always advise him to be patient and wait for his chances.

I have been through similar situation in the past and I’m hopeful that he will join us soon,” added the 23-year-old midfielder Trawally, who has played alongside Bah, during their time at Real de Banjul.

The industrious midfielder has made no secret of his desire to wear the Scorpions shirt but does not to want to declare himself available unless invited by the coach.

Speaking from his base in South Africa, Bah said: “I cannot make any contradictory statement that may jeopardize my chances to represent my country in the future. I have a big club commitment with Santos, and I must honour that.”

Bah went on to admit he would love to represent the country, saying: “It is the biggest part of my dream as a footballer.”

However, the young midfielder, widely regarded as a potential replacement for the aggressive midfield maestro Titan Jaiteh, insisted on waiting for the opportunity to arise, when pressed further. “The final decision has to be made by the coach,” he said.

The former Real de Banjul hit man moved to South Africa last July, together with his former Real teammate and close friend Emil Sambou.

The duo have since signed a three-year professional contract, making them the only two Gambian stars to have signed for Santos FC since the departure of veteran goalkeeper and former Scorpions captain Pa Dembo Touray.

Bah and Sambou have made several top-flight league appearances for Santos, and have since gone on to forming a formidable part of the South African giants.