Omar Colley described best defender in Finland

By IAfrica
In Gambia
Aug 28th, 2014

Former Swedish top flight striker Admir Catovic has described new Djurgarden acquisition and Gambian Omar Colley as the best defender in the Finnish topflight.

The former Banjul Wallidan versatile defender will be joining the former Swedish champions on a three-year contract in the New Year when his current deal expires with KuPS.

Speaking to FotbollDirekt in an interview yesterday, the Bosnian, who joined Colley at KuPS this year, said the Gambian left an everlasting impression on him the moment he first saw him in action. “He is really good. I understand why Djurgarden wanted him, and I understand that our club does not want to release him. He’s too important for us.”

Colley, a former African U-17 champion who also played for the Gambia U-20 side is now a full international for The Gambia but he is somewhat an unknown in Swedish football until Djurgarden announced the deal that will take him to the Stockholm Arena from January 1, but he is however a respected name in Finland. The 21-year-old Colley joined KuPS from Wallidan a little less than two years ago and became a regular right away. 

This year, he has played in 24 games and scored three goals from set pieces, and speaking further, the former AIK Solna and Assyriska forward who is also a naturalised Swedish told the Stockholm based publication that Djurgarden will be getting value for their money in Colley.

“Yes, he’s really good and has so many good qualities. He’s big, strong and fast; he has a good left foot and has good elasticity. He is the best central defender in the league, among the very best in all cases. He brings a lot to our team. Partly defensive but also going forward; he goes up on offensive setpieces and is dangerous with his main game, I think he has made three goals like that this year,” he added.

Admir Catovic came to KuPS in April after he failed to extend his contract with Aziz Corr-Nyang’s Assyriska in the second tier and he further said of the Gambian: “As soon as I came in the spring, I saw that he’s really good. It was understood that he has had interest from Germany, and has been training with clubs there (Kaiserslautern) and had a bid from there (Arminia Bielefeld). He is very important for us, so I taught he was going to live before the end of the season but the club values him highly. And it’s good for us [that he stays until the end of the season].”

He went on: “There are very good players here that are not discovered yet. We have scouts here at every game, from a lot of countries. Germany in particular, but also many Allsvenskan clubs are here and scouting. There are many here who would be able to go to the bigger leagues.”

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