Djurgarden to make Gambian Amadou Jawo club icon
Officials of Swedish top flight side, Djurgarden IF, have disclosed plans to build the image of the club around Gambian Amadou Jawo after the 29-year-old Serekunda-born striker shunned interest from across Europe to sign a five-year contract at the Stockholm Arena this week.
Clubs from Turkey, Israel, Poland, Belgium and Norway were all interested in the signature of the Gambian, but he decided to continue his association with a club that has a rich history with Gambian players following a successful six-month loan spell last year.
Speaking in an interview with FotbollDirekt.com, Djurgarden’s Sporting Director Bosse Andersson said the forward’s long-term deal would mean not only a key player is assured for some time to come, but in addition to the club’s image on and off the field.
“For Djurgarden, it is not only the long term contract on the pitch, but also off it. Amadou will become an extremely important ambassador for Djurgarden, a leader in the locker room and off the field. We will set tough demands on Jawo to be the leader of a future Djurgarden. Being a leader means not only to be there on the soccer field but also outside [it],” Andersson said.
Jawo will be playing in a familiar surrounding at the Stockholm Stadion after he spent the second half of the 2013 season with them on loan from Elfsborg.