Young Gambian midfielder, Wally Fofana, this week joined KVC Westerlo for an undisclosed fee after the Belgian club agreed a deal with Bakau Katchikally BK Milan, the first division side announced.
Fofana, 19, was one of the Gambia’s best players in the Young Scorpions which finished third at the African Under 20 Cup of Nations in Mauritania in March this year. Following a mesmerizing performance as a second half substitute in the Young Scorpions opening day defeat to Ghana in that tournament, the Tallinding-born midfielder started the rest of the matches and many have credited the team’s improved performance to his silky skill, vision, and his technical ability on and off the ball.
Wally has been likened to one of Gambia’s greatest of all times, Jatto Ceesay, and many Gambians commenting that he is the closest candidate to fill Jatto’s place in Gambian football. His splendid performance in Mauritania have led many Gambians to conclude that it is only a matter of time when he will be grabbed by a foreign club.
Now, that dream has come to reality after his Gambian club announced the deal in a statement on its official Facebook page. His career and that of Jatto Ceesay took similar roots with the former Wallidan beginning his professional sojourn in neighbouring Holland with Willem II Tilberg.
“We are delighted to announce that Wally Fofana has travelled to Belgium to join KVC WESTERLO after the two clubs reached an agreement for the transfer of player for an undisclosed fee,” the statement by BK Milan began.
“BK Milan would like to thank ace Wally, a player who has demonstrated he is one of the best in his generation and marked one of the most brilliant periods in the history of our club and GFF league. Best wishes to Wally and KVC Westerlo,” the statement concludes.
KVC Westerlo plays in the Belgian second division and this wouldn’t be the first time that they’ll have a Gambian. Former Scorpion Momodou ‘Zico’ Ceesay played for them for two seasons between 2008 and 2010 when the team was plying their trade in the top flight, ther Jupiler Pro League.
Wally, for his part, was very delighted with the move. Positing on his Facebook page at the Banjul International Airport, ahead of his departure last night, the youngster, who lost his father in 2020 thanked his family, relatives, friends, teammates everyone at BK Milan, especially Ousman ‘Cho’ Drammeh for their support.
“Destination KVC Westerlo of Belgium,” the skillful protégé began. “I find it so hard to put words into sentences but what I will say is thank you to all of you as I continue my football career outside of Gambia (Africa). Hard work continues.”