The Gambia’s senior national team captain, Pa Modou Jagne has officially retired from international football after serving the country for more than 16 years. As he is commonly called, NDA is the first Gambian captain to have led the team to the country’s first maiden appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The football legend today wrote the message below on his Facebook page:
It is with bitter-sweet emotions that I announce my retirement from national football duties. Football to me is not only a game neither is it only a job but a part of my identity and played a key role moulding me into the adult I am today. I came to the international football scene when I was given the opportunity to serve in the Gambia’s under 17 squad that competed in the under-17 world cup in 2005 in Peru. Since then, I have tried my best to always answer and honour the call to the represent The Gambia with my utmost best.
It has been a great honour to be part of the Gambian team that qualified for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time. Every time I get on the field during the tournament so many emotions are evoked knowing that the whole Gambian public are united in watching us live the dream with them. This was the dream of Biri Biri, Jatto Ceesay, Ebou Sillah, Aziz Corr, Bonu Johnson, Sang Ndong and all the other brilliant footballers that came before me. They laid the foundation and walked so that our generation of footballers can run.
As I leave this leadership position of Gambia’s national team Captain to the capable hands of the deputy Captain Omar Colley, I leave with so much pride and hope for Gambian football. The quality of players we have in the squad and their professionalism is incredible. These boys are going to keep breaking the barriers and will be “chilling with the big boys of football”.
My gratitude goes to Coach Tom Saintfiet for trusting me with the captaincy and believing that I have a place in the national team. To the Gambia football Federation and the Ministry of Youth and Sports thank you.
To Kabba Ceesay and all those that contributed to my development as a player in the early years, my achievements would not have been possible if you had not helped in nurturing my talent and guiding me.
To the Gambian people and Scorpion fans. You supported, encouraged, and constructively criticised us though the many failed attempts of taking our football to the higher international stage. I am grateful to have been supported by you and to now be joining you in supporting the gallant scorpions.
This is not goodbye to football yet. For the next couple of years, I will continue with club football after which I will transition to other roles associated with the sport which will be communicated in due time.