Sheikh Sibi extends Virtus Verona contract

Jul 28, 2021, 1:08 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

Scorpions goalkeeper, Sheikh Sibi has extended his stay with the Italian Third Division Side, Virtus Verona.

The 23-year-old has signed a one-year contract until June 30 2022 with the Rebels of Verona.

 Sibi featured during Virtus Verona's game against Hellas Verona and made some fine saves to help his team end the game in a goalless stalemate.

Sibi was born in Tallinding to a Gambian mother and Mauritanian father.

He left Gambia at the age of 16 with the hope of migrating to Europe.

During the journey, he crossed the Sahara Desert and reached Tripoli, where he worked as a painter for five months.

In July 2015, he reached Italian island of Lampedusa by crossing Mediterranean Sea in a boat.

Following his arrival in Italy, Sibi was assigned to Costagrande Reception Center in Verona.

He was soon moved to Virtus Vita, a non-profit organization which welcomes migrants.

Since Virtus Vita and Virtus Verona were owned by the same company Vencomp, it helped Sibi to continue his football career.

Sibi made his club debut for Virtus Verona on 30 October 2016 in a 2–1 Serie D defeat against Union Feltre.

He made his Serie C and professional debut on 16 September 2018 in a 2–0 defeat against Fermana.

He played 34 games for Virtus Verona last season, conceding 30 goals and collected 15 clean sheets.

Sibi has received several call-ups to the Gambia national team since June 2019, and he made international debut on 29 March 2021 in a 1–0 defeat against DR Congo.