Saidy Janko, a former Manchester United youth player, has been named to The Gambia’s roster for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.
For the first time in their history, Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet has guided the tiny west African country, which is rated 151st in the world, to qualification.
Janko, a winger for Real Valladolid in Spain’s second division, is picked with England’s Forest Green Rovers’ Ebou Adams and Ibou Touray (Salford City).
The 28-man squad also includes Sampdoria defender Omar Colley, Roma midfielder Ebrima Darboe, and FC Zurich forward Assan Ceesay.
Pa Modou Jagne will lead the team in Cameroon, where The Gambia will compete in Group F against Tunisia, Mali, and Mauritania.
The event begins on January 9th and concludes on February 6th.
The Gambia squad for Afcon 2021
Goalkeepers: Baboucarr Gaye (Rot-Weiss Koblenz, Germany), Sheikh Sibi (Virtus Verona, Italy), Modou Jobe (Black Leopards, South Africa).
Defenders: Pa Modou Jagne (FC Dietikon, Switzerland), Omar Colley (Sampdoria, Italy), James Gomez (AC Horsens, Denmark), Noah Sonko Sundberg (Ostersund, Sweden), Bubacarr Sanneh (Unattached), Ibou Touray (Salford City, England), Saidy Janko (Real Valladolid, Spain), Mohammed Mbye (Solvesborg, Sweden).
Midfielders: Ebrima Sohna (Fortune FC, The Gambia), Dawda Ngum (Bronshoj, Denmark), Sulayman Marreh (Gent, Belgium), Ebrima Darboe (Roma, Italy), Yusupha Bobb (Piacenza, Italy), Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers, England), Musa Barrow (Bologna, Italy), Ablie Jallow (Seraing, Belgium), Steve Trawally (Ajman, UAE), Ebrima Colley (Spezia, Italy).