Child refugee played for Gambia in the Cup of Nations finals

Child refugee played for Gambia in the Cup of Nations finals ...

BANJUL, Dec 22, 2010 - As Roma players Ebrima Darboe, who has spent a dangerous time traveling across the Mediterranean as a child migrant, has joined Gambia's squad for next month's Africa Cup of Nations.

Darboe, 20, was born in Serie A last year after he became a 14-year-old asylumgae in Sicily, and is among the four players from major Italian clubs who are leading Gambia's team to the continental championship.

Bologna's Musa Barrow, Sampdoria's Omar Colley and Spezia winger Ebrima Colley are all expected to be starters at the Cameroon tournament.

The coaches named the eclectic mix of players, among them those from clubs in England, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.

There are two players in the squad that are native of the English language - Ebou Adams and Ibou Touray - plus Saidy Janko, who starred at Manchester United and Celtic, and now plays for Real Valladolid, and made his Gambia debut last month.

The squad also includes Dembo Darboe, the top scorer of Belarus this year for new champions Shakhtyor Soligorsk and Modou Barrow, who played in the Premier League with Swansea, but now live in Korea.

Gambia have won the Cup of Nations finals of the tournament to win the game against Mauritania on Jan. 12 - they also have Mali and Tunisia in their group.


Goalkeepers: Babouccar Gaye (Rot-Weiss Koblenz), Alagie Modou Jobe (Black Leopards) Sheikh Sibi (Virtus Verona)

Defenders: Omar Colley (Sampdoria), James Gomez (Horsens), Pa Modou Jagne (Dietikon), Mohammed Jallow-Mbye (Solvesborg), Saidy Janko (Real Valladolid), Bubacarr Sanneh (unattached), Noah Sonko-Sundberg (Ostersund), Ibou Touray (Salford)

Misters: Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers), Modou Barrow (Jeonbuk Motors), Musa Barrow (Bologna), Yusupha Bobb (Piacenza), Ebrima Colley (Spezia), Ebrima Darboe (Roma), Abdoulie Jallow (RFC Seraing), Sulayman Marreh (Gent), Ebrima Sohna (Fortune FC)

Forwards: Muhammed Badamosi, Assan Ceesay, Embonato (FC Zurich), Dembo Darboe, Hakhtyor Soligorsk, Lamin Jallow, Embonasu Bactol, Jokot, Izinja, Iosolo), Vukynya Njie, Steve Trawally.

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