Article by Jonathan White

The festival of football in the African continent is well underway with the Africa Cup of Nations in full swing. The Africa Cup of Nations is the biennial international men’s football championship of Africa organised by the Confederation of African Football. The tournament is being hosted by Cameroon and taking place from 9th January to 6th February 2022.

Ibou Touray, who represents Gambia, was previously on the books of Nantwich Town Football Club before making the move into the professional game.

Liverpool-born Ibou, aged 27, is lining up on the international stage for the Gambia who he qualifies for through his father. Ibou gained the first of his caps in a 1-1 friendly at Uganda in June 2015.

He joined Nantwich in May 2016, from Rhyl, making his debut in the 3-1 home defeat to Mickleover in August 2016.

During his spell at the Dabbers, Ibou made 59 appearances and also picked up the clubs young player of the season award during the 2016/17 season, before leaving for Salford City in May 2017 where he helped the Ammies to promotion to the Football League in which he made his debut at home to Stevenage in August 2019. He was named Salford’s Player of the Year for the curtailed 2019/20 campaign.

Gambia currently sit top of Group F after beating Mauritania in their opening game and then drawing 1-1 with Mali in their second game, Ibou has started both of their games so far and he will be hoping it three starts in a row as the Gambians face Tunisia tomorrow.