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Gambia National Football Player Dies Travelling to Europe By Boat (See Photo)

Gambian women national team keeper, Fatim Jawara-Jawara has died in a boat accident on the Mediterranean en route to Europe last weekend.

Jawara was one of the many African migrants taking the dangerous route to Europe from Libya with the hopes of reaching Lampedusa, south of Italy. The Gambia Football Federation in a release confirmed the death of the player with regrets, after the agent the player paid to facilitate her departure from Libya contacted the GFF.

Jawara was part of the Gambian team that made history, putting the country’s name on the map in the women’s U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan in 2012. She played for first division champions, Red Scorpions and starred in Gambia’s thrashing of a visiting Scottish female side Glasgow Girls FC months ago.

Up to 3,740 migrants have either been confirmed dead or missing in efforts to cross to Europe by boat in October 2016, according to the United Nations refugee Agency.

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