Augustus Gomez the father of Liverpool’s center back Joe Gomez who recently helped his club win their first English premier league title in thirty years has revealed why his son didn’t play for Gambia.
Joe Gomez is a Gambian-born now playing for the England national team but his father Augustus has told Africa Feeds that Gambia’s failure to guarantee his son’s insurance left him with no choice than to turn to England.
Joe Gomez was in dire need of a guarantee from Gambia after his previous club Charlton football requested it from the Gambia Football Federation.
“Gambia was asked by Charlton Athletic if they were interested in Joseph playing for Gambia and they need to cover the insurance; but they never came back’’ Augustus Gomez told Africa Feeds.
According to Augustus Gomez, he did all he could but to no avail for his son to play for the Gambia.
“I really wanted Joseph to play for the Gambia, I love my country, I came to Gambia every year with my Family; you know that very well. When I asked the Charlton manager he told me that Gambia never came back for Joe again after he requested for the insurance” Augustus Gomez said.
Mr Gomez senior denied allegations that Joe Gomez refused to play for the scorpions of the Gambia.
Joe Gomez played for Charlton’s junior teams, propelling him to be promoted to the first team where he played a pivotal role in the team’s performance.
At 17, Joe Gomez was given his Charlton debut and 12 months later Liverpool football club under Brendan Rodgers sign him from Charlton for £3.5 million.
His father said there were many clubs that wanted his son but Liverpool was the best club for him at the time.
“When all these clubs were chasing Joseph as a parent we make sure we analysed Chelsea who had 27 players at loan and 11 internationals.
Man United also we looked at them and knew it will be difficult at the time, for Arsenal the old Man Wenger was there we knew is going to be hard for joe to play there and we looked at Liverpool and knew he will progress there and it was the right decision’’ Augustus Gomez said.
Since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool, Joe Gomez has played significant role in the club’s success.
He was part of the side that won the Champions League in 2019, the Club world Cup in 2019, UEFA super cup in 2020 and Premier League title this season.