Retired Gambia international Ebou Sillah reveals he influenced Kalilou Fadiga into playing for Senegal’s national team.
The duo were teammates at Club Bruges but Sillah divulges the Dakar-born winger had planned switching allegiance to Belgium before a chat changed his heart.
“I told him why do you want to play for them (Belgium)? You’re an African be proud of where you’re from. Next he agreed. I actually helped him to reach Senegal because he traveled over to Gambia so I asked Willy Abraham to pick him up and drive him to Senegal which he did,” Ebou Sillah, now a youth coach at Belgian side Sporting Hasselt said of his Senegalese friend.
Capped twenty-three times for Gambia’s Scorpions, Ebou played against Fadiga twice during the Senegambia derby in 2003 and 2008 respectively.
Now 45, Kalilou played for Auxerre, Inter Milan, Bolton, Derby County, Conventry, Gent and Beerschot before retiring in 2011 two before Ebou retired.