FC Groningen has secured the signature of Yahya Kalley from IFK Goteborg, Sweden. The 20-year-old defender signed a three-year contract with an option for two more years.
Yahya Kalley was born in Oxie, Sweden, a suburb of Malmö. He played for Malmö FF from the age of ten. Last year, Kalley made the switch to IFK Göteborg, for which he has now played 19 games at the highest level and in which the left wing player has one assist to his name. Yahya Kalley is a U-21 Swedish international who has been keenly followed by Coach Mattar Mbodge. Technical director Mark-Jan Fledderus is happy that he managed to get Kalley to FC Groningen. He further explained:“We had our eye on Yahya for some time and he was our preferred reinforcement. To convince Yahya and make the deal with IFK, I traveled to Sweden last week. Together with the scouting team we had prepared ourselves well and we were able to realise the transfer. Yahya is a young player and in our eyes very talented. He is fast and dynamic. We think his game style fits our style of battle and resonates with our audience. We are going to help Yahya with our specialists and our facilities in his further development and growth. We are confident that he will be of added value to our selection and wish him every success at FC Groningen.”
Groningen FC is based in the city of Groningen, Netherlands, Groningen. The club was founded on 16 June 1971. Its first home stadium was the Stadion Oosterpark. Since 2005, the club has played at the Euroborg.
Groningen’s best result in the Eredivisie was third place in 1991 and 2006, and were relegated to the Eerste Divisie in 1974 and 1998. The team won the KNVB Cup in the 2014–15 season.