‘Is This Real Or Am I Dreaming?’ – Ousman Manneh Scores First Goal For Werder Bremen, Two Years After Arriving In Germany As A Refugee

Chris Wright

17th, October 2016


There were cockle-warming scenes in Germany over the weekend as Werder Bremen beat Bayer Leverkusen at the Weserstadion on Saturday afternoon.

You see, one of Bremen’s goalscorers was young Ousman Manneh, a 19-year-old striker from Gambia, a tiny and poverty-stricken nation on the western coast of Africa that has been ruled by an erratic dictator who has been in place since Manneh was born.

Manneh spent the first 17 years of his life in Gambia before realising that the only way his footballing potential could be realised was by leaving his family behind and taking the long haul to Europe.

As such, he eventually made it to Germany using what is known in Gambia as “the back way” a dangerous, often deadly migrant route through the Western Sahara, Senegal, Libya and,

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