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Muhammed Hydara: Farafenni’s Gift to Gambian Football

Muhammed Hydara runs for the ball

Regarded as one of the most talented young stars in Gambian football currently, Muhammed Hydara was born and brought up in the North Bank Region settlement of Farafenni were he played street football with his friends. Growing up, football was what he had a passion for.

With a desire of playing for the national team, the finely trimmed player told The Chronicle that he has a lot to offer The Gambia. “It’s my aim to play football at the highest level with passion but playing for my country will be a dream come true because I have so much to offer,” Muhammed said.

Muhammed dribbles

Hydara, 16, has been quick to make an impact this season with the Farafenni senior team and is tipped for a bright future. A right-footed player, Muhammed is highly versatile and also dazzles on the left wing, attacking and central midfield positions – with masterly ease. 

Known to many as Rakitic (named after Croatia and Barcelona midfielder), the prodigious attacking midfielder called on his fans to back him with prayers “because I will be the next big thing to happen to Gambian football.”

“All I need now is to focus on my training programs and develop my skills. I believe in hard work and dedication to achieve my goals.”

His trickery and invention in the final third makes it difficult to stop him, says coach Malick Ceesay. “Muhammed is a talented player. He’s a good listener and always adheres to advise. He has all it takes to reach his career dreams.”

Muhammed celebrates goal against Real De Banjul

Tipped for greatness, Muhammed is now dreaming of playing in the national team and then professional football in Europe. However, first division side Real De Banjul are reportedly keen on signing the youngster for the 2019/20 season.

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