Lamin Jarjou aims to “progress well” after leaving Sudan wrecked by war


Gambian tricky winger Lamin Jarjou has disclosed his ambition to progress well as he set to return to playing football after leaving Sudan wrecked by war. Jarjou was playing for Sudanese top flight club Al Hilal.

The Sudan war left activities such as football to a halt in the Northeast African country as fighting amid rival military fractions broke out in mid-April.

Jarjou joined Al Hilal following an incredible season with Casa Sports in Senegal where he won the championship and the national cup. Scores of suitors, including several clubs in Europe, were interested in his services but he picked Sudan’s Al Hilal to continue his football career.  

The Gambian international has recently signed for French Ligue 2 side Grenoble Foot 38 (GF38) on a 3-year contract after successfully passing his medical examination.

“The war [broke] out in Sudan eight months after his arrival, he had to leave the country (only 21 days later after crossing Egypt then Senegal) to return to Gambia. From now on, the one who is impatiently waiting to return to the field will wear the colors of GF38 where he chose the number 12. He is committed until June 2026,” GF38 said.

Speaking to GF38 media in an article published on their site, Jarjou said: “I am very happy to arrive at GF38, a club where I will progress. I want to help the club, which has ambition.” 

The talented attacker said he has since been watching all of Grenoble’s matches this season and already knows almost all the names of his teammates. In addition, he has started learning French as he hopes to speak the language as quickly as possible which will help him a lot in terms of communication. 

“Of course, I personally know Bamba and Saikou Touray who told me that the GF38 project was the right one for me. My profile is a bit like that of Bamba, I can play on the wings but also in support of the attacker. I’m fast, I like “one on one” and I love making an assist as much as scoring a goal as long as the team wins,” Jarjou said.

“After leaving the war in Sudan, I trained every day in Gambia with a physical trainer. I can’t wait to be able to train and get up to speed physically. It’s going to take a little time, especially since it’s my first experience in Europe, but I’m excited.”