Mohun Bagan rope in a new foreign striker in place of Salva Chamorro
Kolkata: Mohun Bagan rope in 31 year old Senegalese striker Papa Babacar Diawara for rest of the season. Baba Diawara, who hails from Dakar, Senegal, started his career from local club ASC Jeanne d’Arc and signed for Portugese club Maritimo when he was just 19.
He came into the limelight soon with his goal scoring abilities and several European clubs tried to poach him from Maritimo. He cracked a 4.5 years deal with La Liga club Sevilla FC during January transfer window of 2012. He opened his account for Sevilla FC against Atletico Madrid and scored another two goals against Rayo Vallecano. Later on he played for La Liga clubs Levante and Getafe before finally coming back to his old club Maritimo in 2015/16 season. He scored 48 goals & had 21 assists over 5 seasons there.
After spending one and half year in Portugal he joined A-League champions Adelaide United. He played 20 matches for A-League outfit Adelaide United FC in 3 seasons and scored 6 goals and had 2 assists. He featured in AFC Champions League as well for Adelaide United and scored against Gamba Osaka in a 3-3 draw and assisted twice in the same match.
After the departure of Salva Chamorro Mohun Bagan is looking for a suitable striker and Baba Diawara seems to be a perfect fit in that slot as he has vast experience in playing top leagues of Europe and Asia. He is very excited to take up the new challenge and his experience in playing in sub continent before will help him to acclimatize. Gaffer Kibu Vicuna welcomes Diawara’s inclusion in Mohun Bagan squad for rest of the season.
Baba Diawara has applied for his visa and we will confirm on his arrival date soon.