Clubless but AFCON bound? Former Watford and Gent midfielder called up for Gambia despite not finding a new club since leaving Belgium in the summer

There was plenty of confusion amongst Gambian supporters when it was revealed that former Gent midfielder Sulayman Marreh was included in the Scorpions provisional side for the upcoming AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire. The 27-year-old left the Buffaloes after three and a half seasons with the club in the summer, but has so far not found a new club. Despite this, Gambia’s head coach Tom Saintfiet included the midfielder in his provisional squad for the tournament.

Marreh was present at the last AFCON, where Gambia made a good impression on their tournament debut. Marreh has been capped 35 times by Gambia, scoring one goal. However, there are certainly question marks about how ready the midfielder can be for the tournament. While physical fitness may not be an issue, match fitness surely will be. How much of an impact Marreh can have in the central arears for Saintfiet’s side is certainly up for question.

Yet for the player, its a chance to put himself back on the radar of clubs looking for a new central midfielder. Marreh began his career in Europe with Granada, making juts two appearances before joining Watford on a free transfer in 2017. After loan spells with Real Valladolid and Almeria, he joined Eupen in the summer of 2018. 42 appearances and 2 goals later he was signed by Gent in the winter window of the 2019/2020 season. Marreh played 47 times for the Buffaloes, scoring once.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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