The Gambia goalkeeper Baboucarr Gaye has raved about his participation at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon for his country.

The Scorpions who were the lowest nation as per FIFA rankings (150) pulled Rabbits from their hat in what was their debut outing as their stunning performance at the continental showpiece saw them reach the Quarterfinals before being ousted by hosts Cameroon 2-0.

The Koblenz in Germany goaltender in an exclusive interview with Omasports after they crashed out said that it was a ‘big, crazy experience’, he also took time to express how pleased he was with his performance.

“It’s a big, crazy experience, I don’t think I can process it right now. The reactions everywhere are just unreal. I came here after the Covid, I didn’t even know if I’ll get a chance to play. But I got the chance and performed pretty well.”

Gaye who was between the sticks till Gambia were knocked out conceded just once in three group stage games, kept a clean sheet in the last-16 before falling to Cameroon in the last eight.

The 23-year-old further added:

“It’s all about patience. At Koblenz, I’m getting the play time that I’ve been looking for in the past two/three four years and I’m very happy I got that opportunity there. And I’m very happy I got the opportunity here [Afcon] on the big stage to perform, to prove what I can do.
It’s just really a blessing.”

Gaye mans the goal for Koblenz a team which competes in the Regionalliga Sudwest in Germany.

He has 18 appearances under his belt in the current campaign – a tally which is an improvement to his low numbers in previous seasons.