Biri Biri is confirmed dead at the age of 72.
Biri was best known as a Gambian footballer (Wallidan Banjul).
Biri Biri
Personal information
Full nameAlhaji Momodo Njie
Date of birth(1948-03-30)30 March 1948
Place of birthBanjul, Gambia
Date of death19 July 2020(2020-07-19) (aged 72)
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s)Right winger
Youth career
Black Star Football Club
Black Diamonds
White Phantoms
Arrance FC
1963–1965Mighty Blackpool
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1965–1970Augustinians
1970Derby County0(0)
1970–1972Wallidan Banjul
1972–1973B 1901
1973–1978Sevilla99(32)
1978–1981Herfølge Boldklub
1981–1986Wallidan Banjul
National team
1963–1987Gambia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Alhaji Momodo Njie (30 March 1948 – 19 July 2020), also known as Biri Biri, was a Gambian footballer who played as a right winger. He most notably played for Sevilla FC in Spain and Herfølge Boldklub in Denmark. He was also a Gambian international footballer, and is regarded by several as the best Gambian footballer of all time.
Contents
1 Club career
2 International career
3 Retirement
4 References
5 External links
Club career
Before his time in Europe, Biri Biri played for Black Diamonds, Phomtoms and Augustines in Gambia as well as Mighty Blackpool of Sierra Leone.
Biri Biri was spotted by Danish club B 1901 during a training camp in The Gambia in 1972. He left them in 1973 for Spanish team Sevilla FC. He was the first black player to play for Sevilla, and was considered one of their best players. Biri Biri returned to Denmark to play for Herfølge Boldklub in 1980, and in 1981 he signed for Wallidan F.C. back in The Gambia, for whom he played until retirement in 1987.
International career
Biri Biri played on multiple occasions for The Gambia's national men's football team, starting as a youth in 1963.
Retirement
Biri Biri was appointed as Deputy Mayor of Banjul after Yahya Jammeh came to power in 1994, a post he had relinquished by 2005. He also worked as the manager of Royal Albert market in the city. In 2000, Jammeh awarded him the Order of Merit, and he was described as The Gambia's "greatest footballer of the last millennium and of all time."
Biri Biri dead on 19 July 2020, aged 72.
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