Pa Dibba

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Pa Dibba
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Personal information
Full name Pa Amat Dibba
Date of birth (1987-10-15) 15 October 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Farafenni, Gambia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Hammarby IF
Number 17
Youth career
Hammarby IF
FOC Farsta
Enskede IK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2011 Brandbergens IF 87 (112)
2011–2016 GIF Sundsvall 132 (34)
2016– Hammarby IF 14 (3)
National team
2015– Gambia 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2015

Pa Amat Dibba (born 15 October 1987) is a Gambian-Swedish footballer who plays for Hammarby IF as a forward.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Dibba was born in Gambia but moved to Sweden with his family at age seven.[2] The family settled in Brandbergen, near Stockholm.[3] As a youth player he spent time with Hammarby IF, FOC Farsta and Enskede IK before eventually playing first team football with Brandbergens IF.[4]

Brandbergens IF were playing in the ninth tier of Swedish football at the time but would make a quick rise to the fifth tier during Dibba's years with the club. At the start of 2011 Dibba trialed with Hammarby IF feeder club Hammarby Talang FF. They were interested in signing him but didn't have room in their squad at the time. Dibba instead remained at Brandbergen for the first half of the season and then trialed with Superettan side GIF Sundsvall during the summer, where he was eventually signed to a 3.5 year deal.[5]

GIF Sundsvall[edit]

He soon established himself as a frequent starter in Sundsvall. Between 2011 and 2016 he would make 132 appearances for the yo-yo club in both Allsvenskan and Superettan, scoring 34 competitive goals. On the 19 November 2014 Pa signed a new contact with GIF Sundsvall lasting until 2016.[6]

With only six months left of this contract, Dibba attracted the attention from fellow Allsvenskan team Hammarby IF during the 2016 midseason. He completed a transfer to the Stockholm-based club, where he previously had been on trial, on 8 August 2016.[7]

Hammarby IF[edit]

He made his debut for Hammarby a week later in an away fixture against Sundsvall, the team he just had left. The appearance sparked some controversy as the Sundsvall staff claimed the two clubs had reached a spoken "gentlemen's agreement" that Dibba would not feature in this particular game.[8] However, the deal was later denied by officials from Hammarby in a statement on their website.[9] On 26 September 2016, Dibba scored his first goal in Allsvenskan for Hammarby against Falkenbergs FF on away turf in a 2-0 win.[10]

On 17 April 2017, Dibba scored the decisive goal as Hammarby won against fierce rivals AIK. He settled the score at 2-1 in the later stages of the game, citing "it had been a dream to determine a derby".[11]

Personal life[edit]

Dibba has a total of 14 siblings.[2] Even though he has lived the majority of his life in Sweden, it was his dream to represent the Gambia national football team.[12]

He is a supporter of Real Madrid and names the Brazilian striker Ronaldo as his football idol.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 April 2017[14]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europe Total
2010 Brandbergens IF Division 4 14 9 14 9
2011 Division 3 14 11 14 11
GIF Sundsvall Superettan 10 0 10 0
2012 Allsvenskan 22 2 22 2
2013 Superettan 26 7 3 1 29 8
2014 27 12 4 2 31 14
2015 Allsvenskan 30 8 30 8
2016 17 5 17 5
Hammarby IF 10 2 1 1 11 3
2017 1 0 3 2 4 2
Career total 171 56 11 2 182 62

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Gambia's goal tally first.[15]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 October 2015 Sam Nujoma Stadium, Windhoek, Namibia  Namibia 1–0 1–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pa Amat Dibba". Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Lär känna Pa Dibba – Kungen av Fifa" (in Swedish). GIF Sundsvall. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  3. ^ "Dibba skrattar hela vägen" (in Swedish). Sundsvalls Tidning. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Pa Dibba – GIF:s joker" (in Swedish). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Från sjuan till allsvensk succé" (in Swedish). SN24. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  6. ^ "Pa Dibba förlänger kontraktet med GIF Sundsvall" (in Swedish). Gif Sundsvall. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  7. ^ "Pa Amat Dibba klar för Hammarby" (in Swedish). Hammarby Fotboll. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Avslöjar: Hammarby hade lovat att inte spela med Dibba - bryter överenskommelsen" (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Angående Pa Dibbas övergång och matchen mot GIF Sundsvall" (in Swedish). Hammarby Fotboll. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Pa Dibba hyllades efter första målet" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "TV: Dibba derbyhjälte för Hammarby - avgjorde sent mot AIK" (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Pa Dibba drömmer om landslaget" (in Swedish). IK Brage. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  13. ^ "Busfröts spelarenkäter del 16 med sheriffen speedkulan Pa Dibba" (in Swedish). Hammarby Fotboll. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  14. ^ "Eliteprospects.com - Pa Amat Dibba". Eliteprospects. 6 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Dibba, Pa Amat". National Football Teams. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 

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