18-year-old Gambian forward Musa Juwara who in the good books of Italian Serie A side Bologna has completed the first part of an unbelievable career path following his goal at the San Siro on Sunday.
Born in the Gambia 18 years ago, Musa embarked on a near suicide mission in 2016 when he left his country for Italy via the illegal route, aged 14.
Arnold Schwarzenegger once said; ‘Strength does not come from winning,’ the Terminator star said.
‘Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.’ This quote describes Musa Juwara’s journey.
Juwara took what can be described as the most risky risk in his life seeking a better life. He went across the West coast, through Senegal and Western Sahara, around Morocco and Tunisia.
He arrived Italy as one of an estimated 25,000 that year-Juwara’s struggles were far from over. In the heart of challenges in front of him, the youngster, he was now in the place of opportunity and keen on standing his ground.
He was moved to the Potenza region, about two and a half hours south of Naples
There, he started playing football with Virtus Avigliano and after a successful season was scouted by Chievo.
He was banned from transferring to Chievo by the FIGC, but he challenged the hearing and eventually joined them.
He made his professional debut for Chievo in a 0–0 Serie A tie with Frosinone Calcio on 25 May 2019.
After that, Juwara briefly joined Torino F.C. on loan for the 2019 Torneo di Viareggio, Bologna.
On 8 July 2019, Juwara signed a deal with Bologna. He was assigned to their Under-19 squad for the 2019–20 season.
Despite numerous challenges faced, in order to follow his passion abroad, on Sunday, July 5, at the San Siro pitch, the Terjeung native proved his savoir-faire by scoring his first goal for his Bologne side.
Musa Juwara is Gambia’s pride and a potential element on which the Gambian national team could count on.