ABLIE JALLOW -Man of the Moment, His Journey to becoming the First Gambian to Score in the Afcon

Receiving a pass from little outside box, he calmly controlled despite being closed in on by a Mauritanian defender. By the time he settled his marker had closed the gap but the former Real de Banjul forward wasted no time but latch in a long shot that beat the Mauritanian goalie into the net then wheeled in delight as Ibou Touray and rest of the striker’s Scorpion teammates mobbed him celebration.

Readers still wondering who we are talking about? Step forward Ablie Jallow!

Come to look at his journey. Diminutively built, the left-sided attacker began his career in Samger FC then Ports Authority where, according to reports, he spent a season before moving to Real de Banjul under his older brother influence Buba Jallow who himself was erstwhile national team youth skipper.

He spent some stints with the All Whites before heading out to Senegal with Generation Foot which had most thinking was an unwise move -Real de Banjul head-man’s way of getting rid of cast offs.

Unbelievably to the striker’s critics, he won over hearts of Generation Foot fans stamped his foot prints, paving way for signing of Bun Sanneh and Alieu Jatta, by the Senegalese club’s movers and shakers apparently convinced of Ablie’s worth.

Jallow got summoned to the U-20s of the Gambia where he led the team to some respectable performances past Morocco before losing to Guinea. However, by this time Metz have laid eyes on him having seen him in action during a trial while his Generation Foot -a feeder to the French outfit -where in France in an audition game.

Jallow have before this been to Chievo Verona in Italy but failed to click the persuasion buttons of gaffers there.

To the scene of his stay in Metz, he earned some starts in the French Ligue Une but got shipped out on loan in the second tier before pushing a deal to the Belgian second tier where he aided Seraing to the first division.

Dubbed Germano, he has been of huge importance in Tom Saintfiet’s qualification plans and made his impact felt when he starred against Mauritania prior to this he netted against Togo.

He will be one of those to be counted on against Mali this Sunday in what will be the Scorpions’ second tier.

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