Legendary Gambian footballer – Alhagie Momodou Njie, otherwise known as Biri Biri has passed on at the age of 72.

The mythical Biri Biri died on Sunday, July 19 while undergoing treatment for a protracted illness at a hospital in Dakar, Senegal.

A cult hero in the history of Gambian football, Alhaji ‘Biri Biri’ played for Black Diamonds, Phomtoms and Augustines in Gambia as well as Mighty Blackpool of Sierra Leone.

He, however, became worldly known in 1973 when he joined Sevilla FC.

The Gambian winger spent five years with Sevilla. His 14 goals in the 1974/75 season helped the team to gain promotion from the second tier.

Alhagie Momodou Njie
Alhagie Momodou Njie being honoured with the gold insignia of Sevilla

He went on to play 109 times for the club, scoring 34 times.

In 2017, Sevilla honoured Alhaji Biri Biri with the gold insignia of the club and visited the city for the final time in September.