Musa Juwara, a refugee who arrived in Italy 4 years ago becomes a professional footballer


Bologna player in Serie A, Musa Juwara has just scored his first goal among professionals. A consecration for the one who landed in Sicily without any family at the age of 14 after having fled his country, The Gambia.

His first goal in Serie A, Musa Juwara will never forget. This 18 year old striker scored his first goal on Inter Milan’s lawn on Saturday 11 July. Immediately after the meeting, the young man paid tribute to his coach, his family and all those who helped him on his hardly believable journey. An extraordinary destiny.


In Bologna, the Gazetta dello Sport correspondent shares his story in sports daily: “It’s an amazing story because he was born in The Gambia to a very poor family. He crossed the Sahara Desert by himself before boarding a boat from Libya. ”

Upon his arrival in Sicily, he showed a paper to the authorities with the writing ‘without parent’The Gazetta dello Sport

A year after arriving in Italy, Musa Juwara signed for Chievo Verone, even though he had never played in a professional club in The Gambia. In an Italian championship often stigmatized for its racism, the young attacker adapts very quickly. Juventus Turin is interested in him.


Tom Saintfiet, the Gambian coach, has spotted his skills for a while. “He has a great future. I know that for a player under 20 he is very talented and I am very happy that he is Gambian so that he can play for my team.” Fan of the Belgian star Eden Hazard, Musa Juwara is paid 3,000 euros per month and comes to scooter training.

Its history has moved enormously in Bologna, a city known as a bastion of the Italian left. At the local headquarters of the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Matteo Dalla receives many messages from readers, inspired by the destiny of the young Gambian: “They told me how he was an example for all the young people who want to reach the stars.”

Moussa came from Gambia to realize his dream of being a footballer, he wanted to change his life and that of his family. He has succeeded, for the moment, in these two challenges.Matteo Dalla, journalistat franceinfo


In the Italian championship, Musa Juwara is not a unique case: two of his compatriots have crossed the Mediterranean on their own and are playing in Rome and Catania in the second division today. The young Gambian has never played for his country yet, but he will release his first selection at the end of the year as his coach assured us.

Musa Juwara, a refugee who arrived in Italy 4 years ago becomes a professional footballer – Jeremy Jeanningros



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