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Gambia striker goes AWOL after Rennes trial

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By Modou Lamin Beyai

Gambia first-division league’s top-scorer Mustapha Drammeh has reportedly absconded in France before the end of his two-week trial with Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais.
The 18-year-old striker, who left the shores of the country earlier last month for a test with the two-time French league and cup champions, went AWOL less than a week after his arrival in the North-West of France.
He featured for the U19 team of the Red and Blacks in their 1-0 friendly win over FC Nantes the Saturday he arrived before leaving for Belgium the following day.

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He incurred the wrath of his club, Bombada, when he travelled to France without their permission with one of the Brikama-based club’s executives telling The Standard that: “He went to Rennes without our permission and we had no issues with that but now that he absconded; it’ll make things difficult for them.”
The club executive added: “I heard he is currently in Belgium after spending just three days in France, it’s a shock for us really.”

Meanwhile, a source close to the management team that took Mustapha to France told The Standard: “This is a very embarrassing situation for us and for Gambian football. How do I explain this to the authorities at the [French] embassy?”

“He was to come back if things didn’t go well there and be sent elsewhere but now that he is nowhere to be seen, how about his career? I can’t understand,” the source added.
Drammeh, who recently featured in Gambia’s CHAN team, equaled Modou Njie Sarr’s long-standing all-time league scoring record to finish last season on 15 goals and 20 altogether, a feat that ensured the Brikama-based club maintain their status in the top-flight.

Mustapha Drammeh is the second Gambian player in less than a year to abscond in France after Ebrima Jobe, alias Bira went AWOL after an exchange visit to FC Metz.

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