Gambian defender and captain, Omar Colley, yesterday signed a three-year contract with Belgian top flight team KRC Genk as he brought his 18 months association with Djurgarden IF to an end.
The deal looked to be in jeopardy at the weekend after it emerged that the Genk had invited the former Wallidan prodigy to Belgium to finalise the deal without the permission of his club but the Belgians has since offered an apology which was accepted by the Swedish outfit and paved the way for the deal to be finalised.
‘’KRC Genk today reached an agreement with the Swedish Djurgarden on the transfer of Omar Colley. The 23-year-old central defender signed a contract in Genk for three years with an option of two years,’’ Genk said in a statement on its official website on Friday.
‘’Colley played with Djurgarden since January 2015 scoring five goals in 48 games. He appeared 10 times for The Gambia national team. At 1m92, Omar is an imposing appearance. He is not only strong in duels but is also fast and technically proficient with both his left and right foots.’’
Djurgarden recalled Colley from Belgium at the weekend and vowed that the deal with Genk was off as a result of the Belgians’ conduct but yesterday the Stockholm-based outfit announced on its own official website that the Gambian has officially left them on good terms.
‘’Now it is clear that Omar Colley has left Djurgarden and signed with Belgian club Genk. There has been a lot of turmoil and a question mark in the transition where Sporting Director Bosse Andersson has been busy trying to sort out the ambiguities that have threatened the deal but the contract has now been agreed,’’ Djurgarden said in their statement.
‘’We had a deal with Genk where we agreed on a transition which meant that Omar would be available for training on Friday and Saturday of last week and then play the match on Sunday against Elfsborg. Then he would go down and make all the inquiries. Genk showed no attention to this and we are very disappointed that we did not get an optimal athletic preparation for the match against Elfsborg,’’ says Bosse, who on Monday held talks with representatives of Genk where they excused themselves.
‘’After the match, we talked with them and received an apology from the club, given that they have handled the matter in a very disrespectful manner against Djurgarden. Everyone can make mistakes, but we have full confidence in Omar Colley. He has played 44 matches in the Allsvenskan for DIF and has been an important player for us during his time here so we wish him good luck in the future.’’
Colley’s move has finally brought to end one of the most protracted transfer negotiations in the Scandinavian window. He will be the second Gambian to play for Genk, following in the footsteps of Seyfo Soley.
by Baboucarr Camara