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YUSUPHA NJIE

Date of Birth: Jan 3, 1994

Place of Birth:Banjul  

Age:25

Height:1,88 m

Citizenship: The Gambia

Position: Forward – Centre-Forward

Foot:both

Current club: Boavista Porto FC

Joined:Jul 1, 2018

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Contract until:30.06.2021

Yusupha Njie (born January 3, 1994) is a Gambian professional footballer who plays as a forward for the Portuguese club Boavista and the Gambia national team. He is the son of Biri Biri, who is widely regarded as the greatest Gambian footballer of all time.

Born in Banjul, Njie began his youth career at local club Wealers FC before switching to Cherno Samba’s academy in 2004. In 2007, he was scouted for the national under-15 team; he traveled with them to compete in a cup competition in Norway. Two years later, he underwent a two-week trial with Norwegian club SK Brann, where his half-brother Tijan Jaiteh was playing at the time.

Although he impressed team officials, he was not able to return at their request because of obligations with the national under-17 team, including the 2011 African U-17 Championship qualification tournament. He also traveled to Spain for two weeks in 2010 for a trial at his father’s former club, Sevilla.

Njie joined first division Gambian side Real de Banjul in 2011 and spent the following two seasons with them, leading them to a league title in 2012. Their win earned them a spot in the 2013 CAF Champions League, where he was instrumental in their 2-1 second-leg victory over Moroccan club FUS Rabat in the preliminary round. Although they got eliminated on aggregate goals, his play attracted the attention of Rabat manager Jamal Sellami, who, four months later, signed Njie to a four-year contract after a successful trial with the club.

After winning the Moroccan Cup with Rabat in 2014, Njie led them to their first-ever league title in 2015–16. That year, he was voted as Rabat’s best player and drew further attention from European clubs. He also scored his second and third career CAF Confederation Cup goals that year,but Rabat eventually lost to Algerian club MO Béjaïa in the semi-finals.

Njie scored the game-winning goal in the second leg of a play-off round match-up against Moroccan rivals MAS Fez during 2017 CAF Confederation Cup qualification. After a 2-1 victory in the first match, Njie scored the second goal in a 1-1 draw to ensure a 3-2 aggregate win, sending them to the group stage. In the first group stage match, Rabat defeated the Ugandan domestic champions, KCCA, by a score of 3-0. Njie contributed with a goal and an assist.

In July 2017, Njie joined Portuguese club Boavista F.C. on a one-year loan, with a buying option in January. He later joined Boavista permanently.

In July 2018, it was reported that Njie had signed with French club Stade de Reims, although the deal was cancelled the following day due to failed medical tests

Njie made his senior national debut with Gambia on 11 June 2017 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, coming on for Hamza Barry during a 1–0 defeat to Benin

2007Gambia U15
2010Gambia U17
Gambia U20
2017–Gambia

SOURCE CURTESY: wikipedia.com

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