11 January 2013

Gambia's Dawda Bah Seeks Greener Pastures

Gambia international Dawda Bah will use the January transfer window to look for a new challenge after the Augsburg midfielder cum forward was reportedly told by the Bundesliga club to look for a new club.

Foroyaa Sports this week quoted sport365 to have reported this week that the former Banjul Hawks and HJK Helsinki player was informed by his struggling German top flight club he needs to look for new employers.

The attacker still has eighteen months left of his current deal having joined the Germans on a three-year contract in the summer of 2010 from record Finnish champions Helsinki after impressing in a European qualifier against Schalke 04. The then newly promoted club captured the Gambian with high hopes but were made to maintain their top flight status without Bah after he suffered a serious knee injury during training after only a solo substitute appearance in the Bundesliga.

It is thought that Augsburg who are currently second from bottom on the 18-team German premier league table have run short of patience as the man tipped to inject firepower to their survival mission struggles to earn a place in the team. As a result with January transfer window ajar, Augsburg coach has set himself on trimming his squad and Dawda Bah is one of the players told to look elsewhere, according to Sport365.

Interested clubs have not surfaced for the Gambian and a return to Finland is not on the cards for the 29-year-old. Bah moved from Gambian side Hawks in 2005 to Finnish second tier side KPV Kokkola and became a key player for the club, and was the top scorer of the division. His successful season was spotted by the Veikkausliiga clubs, but Bah stayed in Kokkola for the following season, although the Belarussian club FC MTZ-RIPO made a bid of 200.000 euros, an offer which he declined.

Bah also had trial with the Norwegian Odd Greenland, but did not get a contract offer. In January 2007, he was heavily linked with the Algerian club USM Blida, but the clubs could not agree on the transfer fee. He started the season 2007 with KPV, but moved to Helsinki when Veikkausliiga club HJK took him on an initial season-long loan before making it permanent after agreeing to a three-year contract.

In 2009 Bah was one of the most important features in the Finnish title winning side HJK, scoring eight goals and assisting eight times in 25 league games. In 2010, he continued showing his importance for HJK Helsinki, both in the Finnish league and the Champions League qualifications.

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