BARROW IS FIRST GAMBIAN TO PLAY IN EPL

By Sulayman Bah

Modou Barrow yesterday evening set a national record to be the Modou Barrow 4first Gambian to have played in the English Premier League, Foroyaa Sport can report.

The 21-year-old who signed for the club on loan basis from Swedish second tier side Ostersunds with a option to a permanent deal, came off the bench to make his first premier league home debut against Arsenal, in front of over twenty-thousand spectators at the Liberty Stadium, replacing Emnes in the 67th minute.

ArseneWengers’ charges had gone ahead courtesy of a Sanches’s effort after being assisted by England international forward Danny Welbeck after 63minutes ticked.

But the Swans levelled matters four minutes after the yet-to-be-capped Gambian-born joined the fray helping trigger an incident that would lead to the equalizing goal.

Sixteen minutes from time, England and Arsenal defender Gibbs brought down Barrow creating just the perfect moment for midfielder Sigurdsson to flash home from the ensuring free-kick.

That goal swelled Swansea with renewed confidence and since then never looked back as they went on to steal a winning with an effort from French striker Gomis.

Donning the club number 58 jersey, Modou however got booked in the dying minutes.

Subject transfer hassle, Barrow who eventually signed for the Wales-based club in a fee reportedly 1.7 million pound, will hope his debut impressed coach Monk to accord him more playing time in coming games.

The speedy left-footed starlet show sees him set a record to be the first Gambian to play in one of the most coveted leagues in the world, the English Premier League.

Omar Alieu Koroma became the first Gambian to put pen-to-paper in the EPL with Portsmouth but failed short of playing.