Former Gambian Legendary Soccer Star, Alhaji Momodo Njie popularly known as Biri Biri is dead. Alhaji Momodo Njie was reported to have died today July 19 2020 in Senegal. Alhaji Momodo Njie is the first BLACK player to play for Sevilla. His cause of death or what killed him is still not yet known as at the time of filing this report. He died at the age of 72.
In 2000, Jammeh awarded him the Order of Merit, and he was described as The Gambia’s “greatest footballer of the last millennium and of all time.
Tributes Floods Twitter
The legendary Alhaji Momodo Njie,alias BIRI has sadly past away in Senegal, we join the nation to mourning the lost of a very honorable man. may janatul firdaus be his final abode. rest well champ. pic.twitter.com/GfrzPAvK5Q
— logicsport (@logicsport) July 19, 2020
The best Gambian player in history Biri biri passed away today aged 72.
He played for FC Sevilla star in the 70’s.#SportsLoadedNG
— Onakufe Monday kevwe (@MondayKevwe) July 19, 2020
Before kicking off his international football career in Europe, Biri Biri played local clubs in his country, clubs like Black Diamonds, Phomtoms and Augustines in Gambia as well as Mighty Blackpool of Sierra Leone. During his playing time in Sevilla, Biri Biri was regarded as of the their best players.
He returned to Denmark to play for Herfølge Boldklub in 1980, and in 1981 he signed for Wallidan F.C. back in The Gambia, for whom he played until retirement in 1987.
Biri Biri played on multiple occasions for The Gambia’s national men’s football team, starting as a youth in 1963.