Gambian wins best young player award


By Sulayman Bah Playing his second season only this term since turning professionalHamza Barry 1 last year from a Gambian local club, it might be too quick a feat to achieve. And yet Hamza Barry did the extraordinary when football stakeholders flocked together in an annual end-of-the-season banquet to reward the league best performers.Losing the league title to Hibernians who successfully brought to a halt Valletta’s domination incidentally applying the brakes to Hamza’s club hopes for  back-to –back shot at the staked prize, the Gambian midfielder was not to end the  campaign without an accolade as football pundits conferred him the best young player of the Maltese Premier League award. The 20-year-old has been phenomenal this term playing in all but two of Valletta’s games, a thing caused delay in visa issuance following failed talks over a move to deposed African club champions Esperance du Tunis. A remarkable performance to count for, his goal return has only improved with the former Gambia Pots Authority attacker sending his tally to twelve – a far cry from his five goals in his first season. It didn’t start well as he might have hoped in the commencement of the league. On the back of an impressive first stint, it’s not best of situations to be sandwiched between reports of a contract standoff, being linked with an exit and being unable to join rest of his club mates for a normal pre-season. And yet Hamza had to contend with that. The Gambia youth international has been interesting Getafe who saw a bid for the player thrown out of the window by the Valletta board in 2014. A move to Tunis Esperance to seek pastures new on a tryout followed but for the Maltese giants refusal to accept the Tunisian side’s offer –slammed ridiculous –scuppered the deal. The then 19-year-old was forced to stay in Tunis after his visa expired with a renewal only issued weeks later. Despite all these, Hamza refused to be burden by a disrupted pre-season going on to pick the league best young player of the year on twelve goals. He wouldn’t be blamed when Getafe comes calling again and his head wonders. Valletta, Foroyaa Sport understands, are ardent on tying Hamza to a revised contract. The club will welcome proposal to sell but with the player’s contract will elapse soon and an improved offer is being hurried to avoid losing him on the cheap. The idea, it is believed, is any sale of Hamza will fetch astronomical sums and realising that will only occur when the Nusrat graduate puts pen-to-paper on a new contract. Getafe it is reported looks the likely destination should Hamza chooses to move.]]>