By Bakary Ceesay
Werder Bremen has announced releasing forward Ousman Manneh after coming to the end of his three years contract with the Bundeliga outfit earlier this month.
In an interview with the clubs fans media, Deich stube, the club’s head of sports Frank Baumann said the club have decided to draw the curtain on the young Gambians time with the Green and Whites and expressed empathy for the striker, who has been battling with a career threatening ankle injury for the past two years.
“I am personally very sorry for him. Ousman Manneh is a really hearty boy, who has been plagued by injuries,” Mr Baumann told the interview with the DeichStube, before going further to explain the reason behind their decision:
“Our U23 is fully occupied,” he said. “There are a lot of young players who have moved on and are now supposed to prove themselves in the regional league. And Ousman wouldn’t play a role in the Bundesliga team.”
At 23, Ous seem to have ran out of luck at Werder, as his only chance would’ve been to play in the Regionalliga, but unfortunately, he has outgrown that category. Match day squads in the Regionalliga must include at least six players of German nationality and under the age of 24, two under the age of 21, and a maximum of three non-EU players. And with his fitness issues, it’s almost impossible for him to have a run in the first team and thus the club decided to let him go.
The Gambian forward, who also goes by the name Mamanding, suffered an ankle ligament injury while playing for Werder’s U23s back in March 2018, which kept him out of action for 21months following an operation. He made his comeback in December 2019 in a U23 match against Wolfsburg, which happened to be the last game before the German winter break and although his team returned to action on February 22nd, and played three other games before the Covid-19 imposed suspension on sporting activities, Ous was not involved in any of those games. And Unfortunately the Regionalliga was cancelled in the end and this meant the Gambian striker had no chance to resurrect his career at Werder.
Werder Sporting director, Baumann is also hopeful and is hoping that a club will take chance on the young striker, who has now recovered from his injury and is looking to find another chance with a club in the lower tiers of German football.
“I’m hoping that a good solution will be found for Ousman. I keep my fingers crossed for him. But unfortunately it wouldn’t have made sense for us,” added Baumann.