Signed at the end of 2019, the partnership between Olympique de Marseille and the Diambars Institute in Senegal has so far led to few concrete results apart from the presence of young Bamba Dieng in the OM squad. But the visit of the Phocaean president Pablo Longoria in recent days in Senegal has strengthened the ties between the two parties who, despite the rumors, intend to continue their collaboration.
« We signed this partnership in December 2019, but after the explosion of the coronavirus pandemic, there were restrictions at the international level, so all the programs we wanted to implement including the movement of young players to OM were complicated. Now that there are far fewer constraints, we hope that all the added value we expect can be implemented. There is no limit to how far we want to go with OM. We will do everything to succeed at Diambars. Our goal is to train players well and to allow OM to perform with players who come from here, » explained the president of Diambars, Saër Seck, Tuesday at a press conference alongside Longoria. The agreement also provides for an exchange of technical skills, with trainers from OM expected in Senegal.
« It’s time to be able to work together, to have goals. There are many possibilities in the future. Here in Senegal, there is a lot of talent and with organization, efficiency and a real project, there will be many things to develop together as the recruitment of technical staff. It is always interesting to have links with a country like Senegal, we can always raise the level of recruitment of players who come from Diambars. Our goal is to go as high as possible, » said Longoria. Despite a certain delay, this partnership will continue and even be strengthened! Remember that OM has a priority option each season to recruit two young people from the Institute.