Fatim Jawara, who is the goalkeeper of the Gambia’s women’s national football team died in October while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.
Jawara was with other migrants attempting to cross from Libya to Europe when the boat she was traveling in capsized.
According to the International for Migration (IOM) more than 3, 3000 migrants have lost their lives in the Mediterranean in 2016 alone.
Jawara who was said to be 19 when she left Gambia in September and crossed to Sahara towards Libya.
“Her death is untimely, but we will remember her for her great performances on the pitch,” her former coach at the Gambia U-17 female team, Chorro Mbenga told Guardian UK.
President of the Gambian football federation, Lamin Kabba Bajo described the goalkeeper’s death as a great loss to the countery.
“She will be remembered for saving a penalty kick in a friendly encounter involving the national soccer team and the Glasgow Girls from Scotland,” Bajo said.
Jawara made her debut for the national team, known as the Scorpions, in a friendly against a team from Glasgow in October 2015.