The goalkeeper of the Gambian national women’s soccer team, Fatim Jawara, 19, who told her family that she wanted to “follow her destiny” and play for a major European club “whatever the risks” has drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Lampedusa in Italy on one of two ships hit by a sudden storm.
The news of her death was broken by Gambia’s football association, which called the way she died “shocking” in a Facebook post. Her family later confirmed the news.
Jawara first played for the Gambian side last year, following a stint on the junior team. In 2012, she was part of the national squad to play at the under-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan. She also played for the Red Scorpions F.C., a local club based just outside the capital city Banjul.
May her soul rest in peace.