Gambia, a tiny west African nation surrounded, principally, by Senegal isknown for being closely depending on groundnut and peanut manufacturing. Even at this, the nation has produced some of probably the most notable names in African soccer, and one such identify is Bubacarr Steve Trawally.
Born in Serekunda on 10 November 1994, Trawally introduced himself to the African viewers when he hit 18 objectives in 28 appearances for relegated Chinese language Tremendous League aspect, Yanbian Funde to complete because the main African scorer within the Chinese language prime tier final season.
The explosive ahead has since moved to Guizhou Hengfeng FC after chopping brief his keep at Yanbian. In what was a primary for Africa, the 23-yr-previous moved on to the CSL from Gambian aspect Actual de Banjul in 2015 when he joined Hangzhou Greentown.
“The transfer to China was an enormous alternative for me, I knew that aspirations have been excessive about my expertise,” he informed Aim.
“The journey began when an agent got here to the Gambia on a scouting mission and noticed me playing for Actual de Banjul. He can be taken with me and shortly organized trials with Hangzhou Greentown for me. I handed the trials and signed a contract with them however sadly, I by no means performed a aggressive recreation for Hangzhou and I used to be despatched to Yanbian Funde on a season-lengthy mortgage.
“At Funde, I impressed by scoring 17 objectives in my first season. I used to be then provided a everlasting three-yr deal. And after three good seasons, a quantity of groups have been focused on my service and I ended up signing for Hengfeng in January 2018.”
As is the case with many African footballers who’ve made it huge in world soccer, rising up in Africa isn’t straightforward, particularly if one harbours a dream of turning into knowledgeable footballer. And Trawally is not any exception as he additionally needed to cult a couple of tribulations of his personal.
“Rising up in Serekunda was fairly difficult as a result of when you’re within the Gambia, the probabilities of turning into knowledgeable footballer are fairly slim on account of the truth that many European brokers usually are not very interested in Gambian soccer,” he continued.
“However I by no means stopped dreaming of turning into the participant that I’m today. I stored pushing and placing in work daily with the assumption that I’ll develop into knowledgeable at some point.
“And by chance I occurred to be one of the fortunate ones that the prospect appeared for and I made good use of it to be the place I’m today.”
The Chinese language topflight boasts a quantity of prime African stars of late and ending as Africa’s main marksman is a feat that the Scorpions worldwide doesn’t take frivolously.
“Playing within the Chinese language tremendous league has taught me quite a bit,” he added.
“It’s a massive accomplishment for me because the league could be very aggressive with tons of huge gamers from throughout Europe’s prime leagues with tons of expertise.
“There are gamers to look as much as and study so much from and on the similar time, work exhausting to compete with them and check out attending to their degree.
“I need to admit am proud of my work final season scoring 18 objectives in 28 video games and ending up within the prime-5 main objective scorers within the league and above most of these huge names from Europe.
“Playing in the identical league and in addition ending as the highest African goalscorer above the likes of Ighalo [Odion], Gervinho and so on.”
Regardless of making the headlines in China, Trawally admits although that he has been a fan of Arsenal since he was a boy and that he idolised Didier Drogba rising up. He’s additionally fond of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane and lining up towards these begin in Premier League stays his dream as he hopes to someday end up for the Gunners.
“I’m very glad in China and having fun with each week of my video games however rising up, each child had a dream and my dream is to be at some point be one of the perfect gamers Africa has produced.
“So I’m wanting ahead to playing in a single of the most important levels in European soccer.
“I grew up watching Actual Madrid and Arsenal as a result of my elder brother is an Arsenal fan. So I usually watched most of their video games beloved the best way they play and since then, my dream has all the time been to play for Arsenal in the future.”