By: Ebrima K.B Sonko
The Gambia U-20 lethal striker, Adama Bojang, has described Saturday, 11 March TotalEnergies Africa Cup Of Nations U-20 final between The Gambia and Senegal as the “biggest game” of the lives of Abdoulie Bojang’s charges.
The Gambia triumphed 1-0 over Nigeria thanks to Adama Bojang’s clinical goal in the semi-finals to set a Senegambia clash in the CAF Youth 20 final in Cairo, Egypt.
In an exclusive interview, the Steve Biko Football Club prodigy goalscorer, Adama Bojang, told FIFA+ that the Young Scorpions “have 90 minutes to take a trophy to Gambia”.
“It’s the biggest Game of our lives. It’s even bigger because they are our neighbors. The confidence in the team is high. The semi-final was amazing, but as soon as it was over, we were focussing on Saturday. It’s now or never. We have 90 minutes to take a trophy to Gambia. We have a whole nation rooting for us.”
“It would be amazing for people in The Gambia. Just making it to the final was such a big thing for them. But that’s not enough – they are expecting the trophy. This is our first time reaching the [AFCON U-20] final. It’s amazing for our country and a great opportunity for us young lads to show who Gambia is,” the 18-year-old Adama Bojang told FIFA+.
The 18-year-old Gambia U-20 forward, Adama Bojang, who has been linked to several European elites clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest, and Marseille, said the Young Scorpions are on a mission to put The Gambia’s name on the globe for good reasons.
“It’s an amazing feeling for all the young lads. Gambia isn’t well known in many places. We want to make our country known, to show what the Gambia can do. We want to take Gambia to new heights. And it’s a great opportunity for all the young lads to show their talent and advance in football,” Adama told FIFA +.
Adama Bojang came into stardom when he scored a sensational hat trick in the Gambia’s 5-0 mauling of South Sudan in the quarter-finals of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup Of Nations U-20.
Adama added a goal to his impressive hat trick in The Gambia’s historic 1-0 win over Nigeria in the Semi-finals as the scorpions reach the U-20 final for the first time in the history of the tiny West African nations.
Adama Bojang told FIFA + that he was excited to score a hat trick that ended his goal drought in the tournament.
“It was a dream come true for me. It was tough for me to score during the group stage, even though Gambia won our games. So I thank God for the hat trick. For a young lad, scoring your first hat trick for your nation in a competition like this was just amazing.”
The Gambia will lock horns with Senegal on Saturday at 11 March TotalEnergies Africa Cup Of Nations U-20.
The FIFA Youth World Cup will run from 20 May to 11 June 2023 in Indonesia.