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Näsby IF is on the way up again – all that's needed is the proper attitude

It's training the day before the home match at Grönevi against Skepparslöv. The A-team will practise shots on goal in the drizzling rain, then they will have a little grill party. Spirits are high. A few years ago it was a different story. And there may be a backlash.
Kristianstad • Publicerad 10 september 2021 • Uppdaterad 10 september 2021
The right attitude is a must for players in the A-team, something trainer Modou Colley works hard on.
The right attitude is a must for players in the A-team, something trainer Modou Colley works hard on.
Foto: Mikael Persson

Kujtim Sokoli and a few others from the junior team are also training. Kujtim is in class eight at Fröknegårdskolan and has been selected for the match.

”Football is what makes Kujtim want to go to school”
ModouColley, trainer

– I've taken him up from the junior team, the group that makes my job possible. If my players don't do what I tell them, then I take players from the junior team, says Modou Colley.

”The attitude among the players is better, they behave well on the pitch, it's an enormous difference”, says Janne Persson, who is responsible for the club's economy.
”The attitude among the players is better, they behave well on the pitch, it's an enormous difference”, says Janne Persson, who is responsible for the club's economy.
Foto: Mikael Persson
Kujtim Sokoli has one  goal – to be a professional in France. Other teams have shown interest in him. ”But they need me here”, he says.
Kujtim Sokoli has one goal – to be a professional in France. Other teams have shown interest in him. ”But they need me here”, he says.
Foto: Mikael Persson
Some of the juniors get the chance to play in the A-team.
Some of the juniors get the chance to play in the A-team.
Foto: Mikael Persson
Last training sessin before the match against Skepparslöv. Modou Colley wants to practise shots on goal. Next day the team wins  its match.
Last training sessin before the match against Skepparslöv. Modou Colley wants to practise shots on goal. Next day the team wins its match.
Foto: Mikael Persson

– Football is what makes Kujtim want to go to school. He's proud of being in Näsby IF's A-team. The other players see that too - ”If we don't keep up to scratch, Modou will take someone from that group”.

– Now other players from other teams want to join us, but we hand-pick players who fit in with our way of working.

Kujtim Sokoli tells his friends excitedly that one of his teachers will be in the opposing team.

– They need me here as an attacker, says Kujtim, whose ambition is to be a professional in PSG, Paris Saint Germain.

In the summer Samir Omar took over as trainer for the junior team.

”If they're not here training, then they're out getting up to mischief, doing things they shouldn't be doing, bad things”
Samir Omar, trainer
For the past two years Modou Colley has been responsible for the A-team.
For the past two years Modou Colley has been responsible for the A-team.
Foto: Mikael Persson
”All the players are from Gamlegården. Football means a great deal to them. If they're not here, then they're out doing bad things”,  says Samir Omar, who trains the junior team.
”All the players are from Gamlegården. Football means a great deal to them. If they're not here, then they're out doing bad things”, says Samir Omar, who trains the junior team.
Foto: Mikael Persson

What does football mean for the youngsters here at Gamlegården?

– A great deal. They're all from Gamlegården. If they're not here training, then they're out getting up to mischief, doing things they shouldn't be doing, bad things.

Two years ago Näsby IF was in division 4. When Näsby IF was 23-0 down to Janstorp the match was called off. Näsby had only six players left on the pitch.

The situation among the players and in the club was chaotic. The directors decided to make a fresh start. For the past two years Modou Colley has been responsible for the A-team.

”The directors have given me four years to try to turn things around. That's something unique”
Modou Colley, trainer

– There's been a big change. The attitude among the players is better, they behave well on the pitch, it's a tremendous difference, says Janne Persson, who is responsible for the club's economy.

But it's been tough for the club. When KB Mosaik meets the trainer and players they have won just one match and are last in division 6.

– The directors have given me four years to try to turn things around. That's something unique at this level, it's usually only one year, says Modou Colley.

Näsby IF win 4-1 in their match against Skepparslöv IF and a week later they have a 2-1 away win against Balsby SK.

Modou Colley has been, and is, active in several clubs. In Näsby IF he started by being responsible for the younger groups, and now he trains the A-team.
Modou Colley has been, and is, active in several clubs. In Näsby IF he started by being responsible for the younger groups, and now he trains the A-team.
Foto: Mikael Persson
Kujtim Sokoli and Samir Omar are proud of their team Näsby IF.
Kujtim Sokoli and Samir Omar are proud of their team Näsby IF.
Foto: Mikael Persson
Samir Omar is responsible for the ball school and the junior team, as well as other duties. He is also chairman of City School IF. At present he is following a course for trainers in Eslöv.
Samir Omar is responsible for the ball school and the junior team, as well as other duties. He is also chairman of City School IF. At present he is following a course for trainers in Eslöv.
Foto: Mikael Persson

The junior team suffers a backlash. The match against Stehag at the end of August had to be stopped when the score was 2-7 and someone had driven onto the pitch on a moped. There was a threatening atmosphere among the public.

The referee makes a report to the disciplinary committee, who, at the time of writing, have not come to any decision.

Staffan Berlin, sports advisor to RF Sisu Skåne, is just as distressed as the trainers. There is a four-hour-long meeting between some of the directors and the trainers.

– Two of the players were given a red card, and then the club will get a report that the referee was threatened, that the club is unable to ensure safety, says Staffan Berlin.

He says it is difficult with the hangers-on and with the macho culture, with a public who goad the players.

– How can you get at the hangers-on? They're a responsibility for the community, but it's up to the clubs to see to it that every player talks to his friends and family, it's very difficult.

Kujtim Sokoli has scored several goals in the A-team.
Kujtim Sokoli has scored several goals in the A-team.
Foto: Mikael Persson
Näsby is a club with a history, both in handball and in football.
Näsby is a club with a history, both in handball and in football.
Foto: Mikael Persson
Young players, dreaming of scoring a perfect ”bicicleta”.
Young players, dreaming of scoring a perfect ”bicicleta”.
Foto: Mikael Persson
Ahmed Said, assistant trainer for the A-team, with Kujtim Sokoli. ”We missed him against Rinkaby”, he says.
Ahmed Said, assistant trainer for the A-team, with Kujtim Sokoli. ”We missed him against Rinkaby”, he says.
Foto: Mikael Persson
”Now we'll have to give them encouragement so that they don't lose energy”
Staffan Berlin, sports advisor

The junior team will get support.

– The A-team has 26 players and seven leaders. Some of the leaders must give support to the junior team which has only two leaders, says Staffan Berlin.

– We have a strategy. We've raised the club three steps, but now they've fallen back one. It's just a hitch on the way up.

The A-team have behaved impeccably. A few years ago they got unfavourable headlines.

– They're terrific people, with a big heart. Now we'll have to give them encouragement so that they don't lose energy.

Facts

Näsby IF

400-500 members.

A group made up of 25 older boys (17 -25) with origins in FFA (Football for All) for unaccompanied young refugees are now members of the club.

160-180 children in the ball school, 6-13 years old, both boys and girls.

70 in the older boys' group (juniors), 15- 19 years old.

26 players in the A-team.

A total of about 25 leaders.

There is some interest in starting a women's team.

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