If prizes were to be awarded for the biggest smiles in world football, then Gambia would walk away with the gold medal immediately following their now-famous 3:1 win over Brazil at the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005.

Their incredible triumph over the defending champions in Piura had the west Africans in raptures and people were said to be partying until 6am all over Gambia, many hours after the match had finished across the other side of the globe.

It was a remarkable team performance, but one player stood literally head and shoulders above the rest - the imposing, gigantic figure of Momodou Ceesay, who scored one and played havoc with the Brazilian defence all evening.

The day after bursting onto the international stage, Ceesay told FIFA.com: "I just love to play football, but to beat Brazil, well that's got to be the best night of my life. It's a special thing because as of now they are the world champions and ranked number one in the whole wide world… this is a dream come true.

"The people of Gambia are so happy, they are even asking us to come back home already. They are saying it's over now because what we have already achieved is enough!"

You get the sense there is a lot more to come from Gambia though, just as there is a lot more to Ceesay than immediately meets the eye. Few would expect such a tall player to have his deftness of touch or ability to turn so quickly and he admitted: "People are surprised when they see big guys like me in the team because they think we can only be good in the air with heading and not so good with our feet or quick on the ball.

"You might say that we will not be a surprise to them anymore after watching us beat Brazil, but in this game there are always surprises."

Ceesay's European ambitions
The 16-year-old is currently turning out for his local side Wallidan in the Gambian capital Banjul and he had not set foot outside his own country before joining up with the U-17 team, though Ceesay hopes to bid farewell to his homeland to make a name for himself in European football.

No fewer than 20 scouts were said to be at Sunday's match at the Miguel Grau Stadium, with Chelsea reported to be among those with representatives watching, though Ceesay has his sights set on another part of London if he is able to attract any interest.

"I would like to play in England if I can," the 16-year-old said. "My favourite team is Arsenal and Thierry Henry is my favourite player, so I would love to go there if possible. Hopefully something will turn up, but as of now I'm just looking for a club."

Ceesay knows now is not the time for celebrations yet though as Qatar face Gambia next in Group D in Piura on Tuesday. "We are not underestimating them at all," the striker promised. "Just because we have beaten Brazil, does not mean the same will happen against Qatar. We are preparing to face them by rating them at the same level as Brazil."