A football manager in The Gambia has paid tribute to goalkeeper Fatim Jawara, who drowned at the age of 19 while trying to cross the Mediterranean, according to a BBC report.
Chorro Mbega, manager of the Red Scorpions club for which Jawara played, told the BBC that she was “a very lovely person, always smiling… very bold and intelligent”.
Mbega said she could not understand why Jawara, who played for the national women’s team, decided to embark on such a risky journey:
I’m really sad about this because she fought so much to be number one in the Gambia”
In the BBC Focus on Africa interview, Mbega recalled the determination and versatility Jawara showed, after begging her to let her play outfield in a tour match and then contributing an assist:
In her first international game for the club, she did not play as a goalie, but as a striker. She was a player who could play anywhere on the field. She loved the game so much.”