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Kalju historical Gambian player continues testing in Finland

Angelo PalmeriComment

Ceesay celebrating his header against Finnish Champions HJK

Ceesay celebrating his header against Finnish Champions HJK

As known already since a while, Yankuba ‘Mal’ Ceesay has been testing in Finland at KuPS (Kupion Palloseura, the football club of Kuopio city).

Ceesay is tied with Kalju’s history by the first goal ever scored by the Nõmme club in the Champions League.


RdS judged Ceesay performance in July as follows:

Ceesay 7,5
From last year’s ’Ceesaster’ to this year ’Ceeblaster’ as he blasts the ball into the goal with a devastating  header. A lot of work in the middle too and very attemptive in not committing too many useless fouls.

Full match report by this author available here (old location of RdS)

An African media source reported info about his trial there:

Gambian midfielder Yankuba 'Mal' Ceesay continues his trials with Finnish Veikkausliiga (premier league) side KuPS by playing the whole game in a 4-0 preseason win over fellow Finnish top flight side SKJ (Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho) at the weekend.

The Gambian international who was released by Estonian champions Nõmme Kalju after the end of his two-year contract in September arrived in Finland on Thursday on the invitation of KuPS' head coach Esa Pekonen and will be observed before they decide on his long-term future.

Defender Omar Colley is currently the only Gambian officially in the books of the Finnish giants after Dawda Bah left the club at the end of last season. The former FC Augsburg midfielder (Bah) is this week linked with a move to the Indonesian premier league.

Ceesay, who is managed by football agency firm the AsiaEurope Football Group in the United Kingdom, played as a youngster with boyhood club Banjul Wallidan and later moved to Cyprus but came to international attention while playing for Peruvian top flight side Alianza Atlético of Peru in 2007, becoming the first Gambian to play professional football in Latin America (...).

Will 'Mal' manage to write history also in the thousand-lake country?