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Sanyang’s dream comes true
March 3, 2009, 4:56 PM
Filed under: Amadou Sanyang, Toronto FC

Gambian defender Amadou Sanyang has described his move to Toronto FC as “a dream come true.” The 17 year old signed for the Reds on Tuesday but will not be able to become a full member of the Toronto FC Senior squad until his 18th birthday in August.

“I am very happy to be with the team,” he told TorontoFC.ca. “Since I have been with Toronto it has been great and I have no regrets. I have seen a great family in this team. Everybody is good with each other and the big players always encourage the younger players. For me it is good to be here with them.”

Sanyang is from a tribe called Mandinka in West Africa and played for Real de Banjul in the Gambian National League before coming to Toronto. “It is a big move for me because it is the first time in my career that I am moving from Gambia and signing as a professional,” he said. “This is a good start for me to play for Toronto and it is one of my dreams to play with big players. I have seen great players in this team so it is a dream come true for me. The coaches are great people. I have seen different tactics and training sessions that I never had back home in Gambia.”

“When I was a kid people used to say I was like the Italian legend Franco Baresi. When I started playing on the streets back home they started calling me by his name. Nowadays there are so many great players that I look towards.” Sanyang was a member of the Gambian U-17 squad, and is currently part of the U-20 squad. He will be joined in Toronto by fellow Gambian Emmanuel Gomez who has signed from Samger Football Club of the Gambian National 1st Division.

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Reds sign Gambian defenders
March 3, 2009, 1:57 PM
Filed under: Amadou Sanyang, Emmanuel Gomez, Signing, Toronto FC

Toronto FC announced Tuesday that they have signed defenders Emmanuel Gomez and Amadou Sanyang to MLS contracts. Gomez was acquired from Samger Football Club of the Gambian National 1st Division, while Sanyang arrives from Real de Banjul Football Club in Gambia. As per league and team policy, financial details were not announced.

“Both these players are great young talents and have a huge future ahead of them,” said manager, director of soccer Mo Johnston. “Gomez is very good in the air, has very good speed and is an outstanding young centre back. Amadou has great ability as well; he’s very talented and will be a great asset for many years to come. We are delighted to have them both on board.”

Gomez, 18, has been a fixture in both his club side and a regular member of the Gambian U-20 National Team. He was a member of the squad that competed in qualification for the 2009 African Championship, and has most recently been selected to train with the Senior team.

Sanyang, 17, was a member of the Gambian U-17 squad, and is currently part of the U-20 squad. In 2007, he was honoured as the Best Midfielder in the National League and was part of the winning team that captured the Four Nation Tournament held in Ivory Coast that year. In that tournament he was named MVP runner-up.

Due to his age, Sanyang will not be able to become a full member of the Toronto FC Senior squad until his 18th birthday. Until that time the defender will train with both the senior team and TFC Academy and be able to play matches for the Academy. Sanyang turns 18 August 1, the same day that Toronto FC faces the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium and if selected, could make his debut with the first team on that date.

Both players will arrive in Toronto following the completion of all international transfer and immigration procedures.

Emmanuel Gomez
Position: Defender
Height: 6-3
Weight: 171
Birthdate: December 20, 1990
Hometown:
Nationality: Gambian
Roster Status: International

Amadou Sanyang
Position: Defender
Height: 6-0
Weight: 165
Birthdate: August 1, 1991
Hometown:
Nationality: Gambian
Roster Status: International

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