“Four or Five Years Ago I Was in Africa, Watching Players on the TV,” AS Roma’s Ebrima Darboe Says after Debut against Man Utd

Midfield sensation Ebrima Darboe is all delight after debuting for AS Roma against Manchester United during a Europa League outing.

The 19-year-old came as a substitute fielding in the midfield department as the Italian giants beat the Red Devils 3-2 in an intriguing fixture.

Reacting on the fixture and on his debut, the Gambian who left home arriving in Europe through hands of human traffickers, said: “I was nervous when I was coming on. Four or five years ago I was in Africa, watching players on the TV – and today I was out there playing against some of them. So, I was very excited about that. I’ve had a pretty unusual time.”

“It’s true that I had to go through a long journey, that was a bit tough, in order to get here, but since I have been here (in Italy) my life has changed.

“I did what the coach told me. My teammates really helped me, I tried to help them, so I’m pleased.

“We won, yes, but as we all know we didn’t qualify unfortunately – so we are all disappointed about that.”

“I want to thank the coaches, both Paulo Fonseca and (youth team boss) Alberto De Rossi, and indeed all those who have coached me since I’ve been here,”

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