Biri Biri

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Biri Biri
Personal information
Full name Alhaji Momodo Nije
Date of birth (1948-03-30) March 30, 1948 (age 69)
Place of birth Banjul, Gambia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Right Winger
Youth career
Black Star Football Club
Black Diamonds
White Phantoms
Arrance FC
1963–1965 Mighty Blackpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1970 Augustinians
1970 Derby County 0 (0)
1970–1972 Wallidan Banjul
1972–1973 B 1901
1973–1978 Sevilla FC 99 (32)
1978–1981 Herfølge Boldklub
1981–1986 Wallidan Banjul
National team
1963–1987 Gambia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alhaji Momodo Nije (born 30 March 1948, Banjul, Gambia), more commonly known as Biri Biri is a Gambian former football player who used to play for Sevilla FC. He was the first Gambian footballer to play professionally abroad, and was the first African player to play professionally in Denmark. He is regarded as the best Gambian footballer of all time.[1]

Biography[edit]

Biri Biri started his career with various Gambian clubs. In 1970, he moved abroad to play under manager Brian Clough at English club Derby County. He moved back to Gambia to play for Wallidan Banjul, before moving to Europe once more in 1972, as he became the first African player to play professionally in Denmark, as he signed for B 1901. He moved to Spanish club Sevilla FC in 1973, becoming the first black player to play for the club. He is regarded by Sevilla fans as a cult figure and, at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, the most loyal fans named their cheering section (and thus, themselves) "Biris Norte" in honour of him. He moved to Danish club Herfølge BK in 1980, before moving back to Wallidan Banjul in 1981, where he ended his career in 1987.

In 2000, Biri was awarded the Order of Merit by Gambian president Yahya Jammeh, and was named Gambia's 'greatest footballer of the last millennium and of all time'.[2]

He currently lives back home in Gambia working as a civil servant for Banjul council, where he also coaches young children at Wallidan Banjul.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A tale of Biri Biri
  2. ^ Mohamed Fajah Barrie, Biri Biri: Gambia's 'greatest', BBC Sport, 23 May 2005

External links[edit]

Biri Biri at BDFutbol