By Pa Furmus Correa
Ebrima Jarju The Gambia U-23 and Paide Linnameeskond shot-stopper who got his recent senior called up to the Gambian squad dreams of being the Gambia’s first choice goalkeeper in the future.
Stek as commonly called, 24, dreamt of being a professional footballer since his childhood days in the streets of Gambia.
The 24 year old goalkeeper like other children in The Gambia started with street football before playing for Real De Banjul in the Gambian league.
He captained Real De Banjul in the GFF top tier before making his move to Estonia where he plays for Paide.
As one who dreams and follows his dream, Jarju dreams of playing for Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
Jarju who could not sign for French side Troyes after two trials before heading home after a deal could not materialize between the two clubs puts that in the past.
“I felt sad at first like any other young player but it motivated me to continue doing my best and that helps me to cope with the disappointment without taking it too personal,” Jarju told Sportynation.
Inspired by his brother to play football the only thing in Jarju’s mind is representing The Gambia and being a professional.
“I was excited when I was invited because every player wish to represent his country’s colours and defend it at all cost.”
The 24 year old on his first season with the Estonian side dreams of lifting the Premium Liga.
Watching professional players in his childhood, Jarju idolizes Manchester United goalie De Gea, Barcelona’s Ter Stegen among others.
Ebrima Jarju yet to make his senior debut for the Scorpions aspires for the first choice role.
“At the moment we have good experience goalkeepers in the national team and that is a bonus for me because I am learning from them and hopefully represent Gambia as first choice.”
Stek urged fellow footballers to always work hard in training, be respectful and keep believing in their dreams of being professionals.