Three Gambia professional players plying their trade in Europe have been nominated among 16 players of African descent for the 2021 golden Boy awards by Tutto Sports, one of Italy’s leading Newspapers.

Ebrima Darboe, AS Roma wonder Kid, Musa Barrow of Serie A club Bologna on loan from Atalanta, and Bologna sensation Musa Jawara are all nominated for the prestigious sports award making them the first Gambians to be nominated for a major European award.

The Golden Boy award is given to top under 21 football players actively playing in Europe.

The award was established in 2003 by the Italian newspaper TuttoSport, and is awarded by journalists across Europe to the brightest football talents in Europe across two halves of consecutive seasons.

Since its inception, the award has acted as a stamp of approval for a players ability to soar and produce quality sportsmanship.

Most of the past winners have gone on to become some of the biggest names in the sports history.

Gambian International Musa Jawara who is making waves in football with his prowess and stamina plays for Bologna with his team mate Musa Barrow who  plays as a forward for Serie A club Bologna. Both players are also part of the Gambia national team.

Another Gambian Professional Player, Ebrima Darboe AS ROMA Midfielder plays top-flight football. His story is a near fairy tale as he is the youngest Gambian to play in the European Cup.

The Gambian Trio are nominated along side top players in European leagues including England and Arsenal Youngster, Bukayo Saka, Jude Victor William Bellingham of Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the England national team, Tanguy Coulibaly a French professional footballer who plays as a winger for Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart, Myron Boadu, Dutch professional footballer who plays as a striker for Eredivisie team AZ and the Netherlands national team, Georginio Rutter, French Forward, Yunus Dimoara Musah of Spanish Club, Valencia, who plays for  US national team, Brian Ebenezer Adjei Brobbey  former striker for Eredivisie club Ajax newly signed by Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, Jérémy Doku, forward for Ligue 1 club Rennes and the Belgium national team, Mason Will John Greenwood  of Manchester United and England national team, Amad Diallo of premier League club Manchester United and the Ivory Coast national team, Jamal Musiala, Nigerian-German English football player, Nianzou Tanguy-Austin Kouassi, a French professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, Youssoufa Moukoko

Previous winners of African descent chosen for The Golden Boy awards include  Kylian Mbappe, Forward, AS Monaco/Paris Saint-Germain, Renato Sanches, Midfielder, Benfica/Bayern Munich,  Anthony Martial, Forward, AS Monaco/Manchester United,  Raheem Sterling, Forward, Liverpool,  Paul Pogba, Midfielder, Juventus,  Mario Balotelli, Forward, Inter Milan/Manchester City.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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