Momodou Ceesay came close to being the first Gambian to sign for Premier league club Chelsea but readers will be aghast to find out that Ceesay's Stamford Bridge hopes were dented by HIS 'greedy' loved ones and former club.
The towering striker chose Kazakhstan riches over Champions League return dream recently -a thing Foroyaa Sports reported -but the forward's past will continue to haunt him after a move to join English Premier League giants was scuppered.
The development came to light yesterday at the press conference - eight years after the ugly incident occurred during Gambia's participation in the U-17 World Cup in Peru.
A whopping 300,000 pounds was offered by then Jose Mourinho's Chelsea to recruit Momodou Ceesay as a potential replacement of Didier Drogba and Ebrima Sohna to step in for aging France international and former Real Madrid midfielder Claude Makalele.
Part of plans to have the trio nurtured, the Barclays outfit had in the offing, to loan the players for first team experience in Belgium. But the dream to don the Blue colours hit the rocks -a nightmare thing that Zico wouldn't want to flashback.
However when the incident happened, not much beans was spilled about it but Omar decides to lift the lid after eight years.
"Then rumours started spreading that I went to Stamford bride to sell footballers. That was ridiculous. Chelsea is not backroom nonsense team. But what broke it [the deal] down is the parents of those players intervened and said they wanted some of the money. Zico's mother and one of his brother in Scotland; they called me saying no they want to do the agreement for him [Momodou Ceesay]. He said, "I am going to take him to Tottenham". He approached Tottenham, Mourinho was disgusted and the clubs here [in Gambia] also played a negative part of the greed" Mr. Sey, former Gambia Foreign Affairs minister divulged.
He continued, "Believe me the packages to take them to Belgium and then to Stamford Bridge they offered 300,000 pounds"
Chelsea Academy in Gambia?
The euphoric pronouncement of a Premier League club showing interest in erecting an academy in Gambia will have Gambian fans pinching themselves in disbelief and Chelsea came close to it. But hopes of the London club dream turned delusional.
"And they [Chelsea] were going to pay the [Gambia] Football Association education fees and it was an open secret Chelsea came out wanted to set an academy in the Gambia. But when that deal failed with those three players, they said we are sorry we cannot rely on you people. I blame the players because of maturity, because of greed and the club because of lack of organisation" Omar Sey adds.