Sep 14, 2011, 1:12 PM
Steve Biko midfielder Maestro Ousman Jarju, who can also play as a striker, has penned a two-year professional contract with the Spanish giant Athletico Madrid, according to Kemo Ceesay, chief executive officer of the club.
The 19-year-old former U-17 hitman, who has already established himself as one of the key figures with the Bakau giant killers, caught the eyes of the scout from Athletico Madrid, who was in Banjul during the Presidential football tournament two months ago shortly after what was described as Jarju's best performance in as many matches. The Spanish outfit wasted no time in jumping the prospects of securing the services of the undeniable Jarju, one of Biko's influential figures in recent years.
His outstanding performance during that tournament was rewarded with a big move to Spain where Jarju is expected to spend two years with Athletico Madrid for an undisclosed fee with an option of another two-year contract depending on his performance with the reserved team.
It has also been confirmed that Jarju, who formed a formidable partnership with strike-partner Ebrima Bojang during their short stint with the Gambia National U-17 team two years ago, has also signed a contract with equipment sponsors Joma, which will see the skillful Gambian footballer wear Joma.