Ablie Jallow: I look up to Mané

Gambia U20 captain Ablie Jallow has revealed that former FC Metz winger Sadio Mané is his hero and looks up to the Senegalese.

Jallow, who signed a five-year contract with Metz in July, made his competitive debut for the Ligue 1 club in a 1-0 home defeat to AS Monaco on August 18 before featuring at Caen a week later.

He has revealed that Mané is a big motivation for him and will like to “become like him one day”.

Mané moved to France to work with the Metz Academy aged just 19 back in 2011 when just like Ablie, made the move from the team’s partner club, Génération Foot.

After just one season, the Senegalese earned a switch to Red Bull Salzburg, where he established a proper reputation for himself – scoring 45 times in 87 matches in Austria.

In 2014, Southampton signed him and 25 goals and two seasons later, he’s the third most expensive signing in Liverpool’s history.

“I look up to Sadio Mané. I would like to become like him one day, a great player, with his dribbling, his speed, and his power. He has everything,” the 5ft 5 1⁄2in Gambian told L’Équipe.

Ablie’s former Génération Foot and current Metz teammate Ibrahima Niane meanwhile said of the Gambian: “Ablie is excellent and is good. Physically, he is ready.”

“He has a great ball control and it was him who gave me practically all my assists in Senegal. He is a quite person as he does not talk much but he has a good heart.”

Ablie, dubbed Germano, became the second Gambian player to feature in the French top-flight after Abdou Rahman Dampha did with AS Nancy five years ago.

Metz currently lie at the bottom of the 20-team French Ligue 1 table without a point after losing all their opening five matches.