Knocking on the doors of the national team’s Alagie Alaves Jawara

Born and raised in Bakau, Alagie emerged from Lions Stars before making best of his school playing career where he won three championships two with Bakau upper basic and one Muslim senior secondary school.

As a high school student, he did train with Ports and was close to signing a contract with them but had to priorities his academic studies first. Alagie was not lacking motivation because his elder brother Saikou Jawara is a footballer having played for Real de Banjul & Steve Biko and now with Ports Authority. Alagie looked up to him alot.

He would later join his home team for a third division qualifier with New town United. He was quite ambitious to knock on the doors of Gamtel for trials before being signed and he went on to win two league titles, one Super Cup and one FA cup. In 2018 he joined CasaSports for a six-months loan. He was among the senior players Real de Banjul signed to mount challenge for the title this season.

“Personally I was supporting them(Real de Banjul).Sometimes I used to watch them. I like the way they play ie their style. I was in the youth team but concentrated on school. Even when I was at Gamtel, I was always saying I will one day play for them.That’s why when the opportunity arise I didn’t hesitate on it.”

Gambians are familiar with nicknames Alagie would recall one day his elder brother okocha named him after Daniel Alaves but to Alagie’s surprise he has never seen Alaves play, that’s how he went to the video club to watch Alaves play and agreed they have similar qualities.

The Bakau born left back has one goal and three assist on his name for Real de Banjul, he is a specialist in set pieces (Penalties and free kicks) have a good crossing accuracy.

Every players dream is to one day put on the colours of your national team, and Alaves is living with that wildest dream.”Deep in me I want to represent the Gambia and I took it serious when we hosted Morroco.” Alagie would go on to represent the Gambia in their double tie friendly match against Morroco U-23 earlier this year. “Maybe in my generation we can fire the Gambia to AFCON or world cup you never know.”

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