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Gambian Female Goalkeeper Drowns While Trying To Reach Europe

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.

 

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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.

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