Paide move for Jatta

Estonian Meistriliiga (top-tier) club Paide Linnameeskond have signed Gambian striker Alassana Jatta after a successful trial spell.

The 19-year-old has been training with the club dubbed the Estonian Barcelona and along with scoring four goals in a friendly win over FC Flora’s U21s, impressed the club’s coaching staff.

He now joins coach Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko’s led-side on a two-year loan deal from local club Real de Banjul.

“I’m very happy and it’s a proud moment for me to join this team, I want to thank my agent, the Management and Coaching staff for the opportunity to bring me here. Since I have been here [on trial], I have always wanted to stay and be given an opportunity to help the team because I feel it’s a team that continues to develop and plays the best football in Estonia which suits me,” the teenager told Gambia Sports from his base in Paide, the capital of Järva County.

He added: “I honestly cannot wait to repay the faith the Club has in me by bringing me here and offering me my first professional contract and I am grateful to my agent for this chance as well!”

“I cannot wait to get on the pitch, put on the jersey of the Club and help the team achieve its desired results, objectives and bringing a smile to the faces of our supporters.”

The club’s CEO Jaanus Pruuli welcomed the addition of the 1.92m tall striker whom he said, they have high hopes on for the upcoming season.

“Alassana is our first signing from the Gambia and our club has very high hopes in his future. Since his first training session, he has impressed with his quality, matureness and professional attitude,” he said.

Pruuli added that: “Despite his young age, he has shown real eagerness to learn and improve and we are lucky to be the club where he starts his professional career in Europe. I would like to thank his agent Modoustic Sports PR and Real de Banjul for this deal and for trusting in our club’s philosophy of developing young talented players.”

Alassana Jatta will don the number 7 jersey for Paide, who have never been relegated from the Estonian top-tier league.

He becomes the third Gambian to sign for an Estonian club after Yankuba ‘Mal’ Ceesay, George Cole and Ebrima ‘SI’ Cham, who were all on the books of Nõmme Kalju FC.