Steve Trawally completes Al-Shabab move

Gambia forward Bubacarr ‘Steve’ Trawally has completed his move to Saudi Pro League side Al-Shabab Riyadh FC on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The 24-year-old, who left Chinese club Guizhou Hengfeng after its relegation from the Super League, penned a deal with the ‘White Lion’ until June 2022 on Tuesday after landing in Riyadh.

Gambia Sports can confirm that Steve, who scored eleven goals in the Chinese Super League last season, had a €2m bid from Danish champions FC Midtjylland and a €300,000 loan offer from Belgian side K.A.A. Gent on deadline day in Europe, rejected for him by Vejle Boldklub, who had his rights.

Russian side FC Akhmat Grozny also had their offer rebuffed before Vejle struck a deal with Al-Shabab for an undisclosed amount.

“I’m really happy to be joining Al-Shabab Football Club; looking forward to meeting up with the whole squad and getting to work straight away with the team in preparation for some important fixtures and help the team in achieving its ambitions,” Trawally said after the completion of his move.

He added: “It’s a wonderful challenge for me and I'm keen to bring my qualities to Al-Shabab FC and the Saudi Pro League during the next phase of my career.”

Steve, who started his career in 2014 with Chinese side Hangzhou Greentown, will don the number 29 jersey at the six-time Saudi Premier League champions.

The team is currently third on the Saudi Professional League table with 34 points after 18 outings.

The Saudi club is not the only one bearing the name Al-Shabab which is an Arabic phrase meaning ‘the youth’. There are other Al-Shabab football clubs in Dubai, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait and Oman.