Unknown Gambian professional player dreams for national team call-up

Jan 7, 2021, 1:51 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

Salifa Jatta, an unknown Gambian professional footballer has said that it would be a dream come-true for him to be called to The Gambia national team.

He quickly added that he is now focused on finding a new team, where he can get more playing minutes so as to break into the Scorpions national team.

Salifu Jatta was speaking in an exclusive interview with Esohna Sports.

 Salifu Jatta (born 11 December 1995) is a Gambian professional footballer who was born in Serekunda, The Gambia. He grew up in Sukuta, Bakau and Brusubi respectively. He attended Ndow’s Comprehensive and Methodist schools before moving to the United States of America at the age of 14.

He plays as a forward and an attacker for American NISA (fourth division) side Oakland Roots SC.

He explained that after signing a professional contract he reached out to coach Tom Saintfeit to watch him play at some point for consideration for the national team.

“I hope he puts me on the radar as I look for a new club and hoping start scoring goals to grab any chance of a national team call up,” he added.

Jatta noted that this is his first time in The Gambia after over a decade, adding that he came back to the country to learn and know about his culture and roots which his team promotes.

The 25-year-old Serekunda-born player said he has been playing for colleges in the US before signing his professional contract in 2019.

He said the team has moved to the second division (USA championship) this year.

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