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New Ballymena striker Basit Umsar says he's 'raring to go at Showgrounds'

 

By Adam McKendry

Ballymena United have announced the signing of Ghana Under-20s striker Basit Umar following the approval of his work permit.

The 18-year old had been signed prior to the end of August's transfer deadline, however confirmation of his arrival had to be delayed until his work permit arrived.

Umar, who was part of the Ghana Under-20s side that qualified for this year's African Cup of Nations, has been described by his international manager, Jimmy Cobblah, as "one of the best young attackers in the country as we speak".

The teenage forward, who joins until the end of the season, couldn't hide his excitement to get started at the Showgrounds.

"Words can't honestly explain how I feel knowing that people worked very hard for me to get here," said Umar.

"I want to thank everyone in Ballymena United for believing in me and knowing I could make it there.

"Football for me is about hard work, that's what makes you stand out, and I work very hard.

"Not everyone gets this opportunity and I look forward to settling down and aim to play and score goals to help my team get to the top of the league.

"I want to make everyone there proud of me and what I can bring to the team."

Assistant manager Bryan McLoughlin believes the club have found a real star and welcomed Umar to his new club.

"It came along as an opportunity for us to look outside the normal pool of players. We're delighted to have this chance to sign a Ghana Under-20 international," said McLoughlin.

"It's not the first time that we have looked internationally, with Patrick Weir and Tim Allen in recent years, so we know what it's about in terms of helping him settle in.

"We spent the summer searching high and wide in terms of our own player pool and other players in Northern Ireland and the UK, but this appeared and we are delighted to have Basit coming here.

"He's a young man looking an opportunity and is relishing the challenge of playing here."

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