Futty leaves North Carolina for Malaysia return

Scorpions defender Mamadou ‘Futty’ Danso has left USL side North Carolina FC to return to Malaysia on a free transfer move to second-tier club UiTM, Gambia Sports can report.

The 6ft 3in Gambia international center-back returns to Malaysia less than a year after leaving the country.

He signs on the dotted lines for UiTM, who are currently eight on the 12-team Malaysian Premier League table with 15 points after 14 outings, until the end of the season.

A statement on the United Soccer League club’s official website reads: “North Carolina Football Club on Friday announced the departure of center back Futty Danso, who has left the team to continue his professional career in Malaysia. A Rocky Mount resident, Danso signed a short-term contract with NCFC prior to the start of the 2018 season and appeared in each of the club’s 11 matches between USL and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play, making 10 starts.

The statement added: “Before signing with NCFC in March, Danso spent the 2017 season in Malaysia with Kelantan FA, where he appeared in 22 matches and played 1,980 minutes. North Carolina FC originally signed Danso to a short-term deal in hopes of extending his stay in North Carolina. The club wishes Futty nothing but the best in his new chapter.”

Universiti Teknologi MARA Football Club, dubbed UiTM FC, is a Malaysian football club based in Selangor, Malaysia. The club currently plays in the second-tier of Malaysian football league called the Malaysia Premier League.

Founded in 2008, their home ground is at the 10,000-seat UiTM Stadium. The club widely known as The Lion Troops, is under the jurisdiction of Universiti Teknologi MARA, a Malaysian public university based in Shah Alam.

Futty joins compatriot Sanna Nyassi, who plays for Penang FA, in the second-tier of Malaysian league football.