Gambia U-20s Capt Wants Wafu Cup Golden Boot
Gambian forward Baisru Mbye has his gaze fixed on the West Africa Football Union Nations Cup (Wafu Cup) leading scorer prize even before the tournament is started.
Mbye, a Belgium-based striker, is the sole player starring in Europe summoned to the Gambia Wafu team and hopes to prove his worth by snapping up the 8-team tournament’s golden boot and title.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“For me individually, I want to become the top scorer or the best player of the tournament and it would be nice to win the tournament with the team and also win something individually,”[/perfectpullquote]
the 18-year-old told Ducor Sports on Sunday.
He goes to Monrovia brimming with confidence having netted twenty-six (26) goals for Lokeren. Last Friday, Basiru scored his first goal in the Scorpions’ test match against domestic Gambian outfit Ports Authority and is eyeing replicating his show in Liberia with Guinea Conakry being Gambia’s first opponent this Wednesday.
In the run-up to the Ports Authority’s friendly, the powerful attacker was made team captain and grilled whether he feels under-pressure to deliver with new responsibility bestowed on him, he said: “I’m also captain of Lokeren (his club) so leadership is nothing new for me. My task is to be a leader of the team through ups and downs, so I have to give every game more than a 100% to keep everybody proud and my teammates believe in me. I don’t feel any kind of pressure because I’m confident that my team will win the Wafu Cup.”
On the Young Scorpions’ preparations he added: “I’m very satisfied with the preparations as we have played two games and won both of them. In those games, we were the dominating side in every aspect of the match. The more we play, together the better the team gets. The link up play is getting better and better since our first training. We can only get stronger”