National team deputy captain Omar Colley has finally confirmed he has no Covid-19, Gambia News can report.
The 27-year-old was shockingly reported to have contacted the pandemic by his own club Sampdoria in a bizarre move including three other players.
Colley was quarantined twice as media outlets with the exception of Gambia News went ballistic over a fake story that tagged the centre-back as the first African player to be infected.
It turned out it was a ploy by Sampdoria to block Omar who is a key player for them from attending Gambia’s match against Gabon which was in fact later called off by the Confederation of African Football (Caf).
Gambia News yesterday ran a story debunking the claims relying on a credible family source who forwarded an audio message in which the footballer denied the reports.
However, Omar has come out to clear the story on his own in a 50-seconds video confirming he’s sound.
“Dear friends and fans all over the world, thank you for your messages. I underwent blood and lungs test on Thursday 12th of March which turned out to be negative and no stress was followed. The next day on Friday the 13th of March (the test) was said to be doubtful,” he said in the footage.
“I can therefore confirm to you me and family are save and sound from the coronavirus. We would like to thank Sampdoria for the help and support they have given us and we are sending our prayers to all the people who are affected by the virus and also to all the brave doctors, nurses and medical personnel working day and night to combat this virus. Stay at home and be safe,” Newcastle United, Southampton and Everton transfer target Colley concluded.