By Alieu Ceesay – Secretary General – SJAG
BANJUL, July 19, 2020 – The Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG) has joined the country’s football fraternity to mourn the demise of the legendary Alhaji Momodou Njie, known as Biri Biri, which happened today, Sunday, 19th July 2020, in Dakar, Senegal.
Biri Biri, who is unarguably one of the greatest players Gambia has produced, has been a key figure in our football circles. It is for this reason that the SJAG awarded him, in the past, for his selfless service to the country.
Biri Biri played for Wallidan in The Gambia and B1901 in Denmark but attracted the world’s attention at Sevilla in Spain, in the mid 1970s, where he is a cult hero. Biri Biri mostly played as a right winger, using his speed and skills. He could shoot with both legs, was a good header and full of tricks. And above all, he also was a charismatic man. No wonder he was a crowd favorite.
As well as the first Gambian footballer to play professionally abroad, and the first African player to play professionally in Denmark, Biri Biri remains the only African to have a stadium stand named after him at a European club. Named Biris Norte, the northern section of Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan has carried the name of the Gambian for more than four decades.
SJAG extends condolences to the family of Biri Biri and the entire football fraternity.