By: GFF Communications 

Teenage midfield sensation Lamarana Jallow has left Elite United to join Sporting Lisbon’s U-23 side, the Portuguese premier league champions announced yesterday.

Known for his discipline, determination, mesmerising skill, killer assists and scoring goals from any side of the pitch, Jallow was a permanent fixture and arguably one of Gambia’s best players during its run to a third-place finish at the African U-20 Cup of Nations in Mauritania earlier this year. The box-to-box midfielder twice won man-of-the-match performance in the six matches it played at the competition.

Speaking to Sporting’s official website, Jallow, who was also part of the Young Scorpions WAFU Cup winning team in Senegal expressed his delight in signing for one of the most historic teams in European football.

“I want to thank Sporting CP for the opportunity to play for a club with so much history and which is the current national champion. I’m happy to be part of this family, where great players took their first steps,” he said.

Coach Filipe Pedro who manages the team in the U-23 reserve league of Portugal described the Tallinding-born player as another solution for him. “He arrives from Elite United and is happy to represent a club with so much history.”

Gambia’s U-23 Coach is Matarr M’Boge who helped the youngster to grow into the caliber of player he is today, during their time together at the U-20. He was full of excitement and praise for the lad. “This is a big sense of pride to see him sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe,” he said.

“The club is famous for producing world class talent and Lamarana has the potential to follow their footsteps. I can say that there was a huge amount of interest in the lad which shows his level of talent. I can only congratulate Sporting Lisbon for picking up a quality young player.”

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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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