Coach Jorge Silas hopes not to lose the player in the January market
He was a standout in League Two, despite only being 19 years old. Ousmane Diaw is Mafra’s most used player, making 18 appearances and scoring one goal, and there is already talk of strengthening Sporting’s defence, and emulating Diomande’s steps. The Senegalese defender is in his second season at the western club, having arrived via Midtjylland, having subsequently signed with Saloyanno until June 2028.
Ricardo Souza, the current coach of Firenze, worked with the two centre-backs at Mafra last season and was the one who launched them, so he speaks with knowledge. “They are two players of tremendous quality, although they have different characteristics. Diomande, when he arrived, was an uncut diamond. Strong, with great athleticism, which immediately made him an outstanding player in one-on-one duels,” recalls Ricardo Souza, speaking after Dio. . : “He has had more schooling, he is more enlightened and has already arrived in Mafra with ‘homework’. Although he is very young, he is cautiously progressing from the first stage to the second stage of construction. Compared to Diomande’s arrival in Mafra, he is “Also a more developed player tactically.”
For all this, the current Firenze coach has no doubt that the Mavra centre-back can go to Diomande, especially because he has something else to suit him. “He is versatile, quick and plays with quality at right-back, central and defensive midfield,” said the coach, concluding: “They are undoubtedly two players of quality well above average. I think Diaw will do just that.” It briefly reaches the level that Diomande has already reached.”
The 2022/23 season features the first of two top-level central teams. Diomande, currently playing for Sporting, made his debut as a starter, at that time with a general surprise, in the opening of the Second League, in Oliveira de Azimes (1-3 defeat) and the truth is that 17 matches were enough for Costa. -The Ivorian jumped to Alvalade.
Coincidentally, if Diomande made his debut in the opening of the season, Diaw took over the starting lineup in the 18th round, the first of the second round, exactly against the team of Oliveira de Azimes, again with a victory for Oliverense, this time. 3-2, having since taken over ownership of Mavreense.
Jorge Silas hopes he hasn’t lost him yet
For Mafra coach Jorge Silas, the prospect of being without Diaw in the January market, something that could happen, would be bad news. “Honestly, I hope I don’t lose him in January. Of course, one of my obligations is to help the players improve their lives on a sporting and financial level. On the other hand, I also have to think about us a little bit, and my wish is that he can wait another 6 months before leaving Mafra.” .
He was a standout in League Two, despite only being 19 years old. Ousmane Diaw is Mafra’s most used player, having participated in 18 matches and scoring one goal, and there is already talk of strengthening Sporting’s defence, and imitating Diomande’s steps…
Written by Rui Jorge Cabaco