Three Gambians have been selected among 16 players of African descent chosen for the 2021 Golden Boy awards. This was announced by TuttoSport, the organisers of the awards, on Tuesday.
The award was established in 2003 by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport and it is awarded by journalists across Europe to the brightest football talent in Europe across two halves of consecutive seasons.
The award is usually handed to the best player under the age of 21 playing in any of Europe’s top leagues.
Since it came about, the award has acted as a stamp of approval for a player’s ability to soar and produce quality sportsmanship. Most of the past winners have gone on to become some of the biggest names in the sports history.
The years have brought forth a new set or players who demonstrate extraordinary skill and are taking the world by storm.
This year’s nominees include three Gambia players including up and coming footballer, Musa Juwara, who’s making waves in football with his prowess and stamina.
At the age of 18 he is already scoring goals and making a name for himself. The star hit fame when he scored his first goal in Series A in San Siro, expelled Bastoni and started the comeback of Bologna.
Also nominated is Ebrima Darboe, the AS ROMA Midfielder. Darboe is a former Gambian child refugee who now plays top-flight football. His story is somewhat of a fairy tale as he is the youngest Gambian to play in the European Cup.
The 19-year-old brilliant footballer has had a very difficult life in the past having been forced to flee his country at the age of 14. He left The Gambia alone, leaving behind his parents and family.
The third Gambian player in the list is Musa Barrow who plays as a forward for Serie A club Bologna, on loan from Atalanta, and the Gambia national team.