Mouhamed Niang
Mouhamed Niang
Mouhamed Niang
● Mouhamed Niang, 2018 (SRT)

born in Senegal

Mouhamed Niang was born on Friday, 8th October, 1999, in Dakar.

The 5' 11 (11st 7lbs) midfielder signed for Alan Archibald's Thistle on Tuesday, 18th September, 2018, having most recently been with Pollok.

Aged 19, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 7th September, 2019, in a 2-0 win away to Montrose in the Challenge Cup.

There were no goals for Mouhamed during his time at Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Sunday, 25th July, 2021, in a 2-0 defeat away to St Mirren in the League Cup, having appeared as a Jag on 30 occasions.

At June, 2022, his club-list included Pollok, Partick Thistle, Cumnock Juniors, Montrose, Alloa Athletic and Hartlepool United.

Bio Extra

The first Senegalese Jag carries the ‘Sena’ mononym, Brazilian-style! The popular defender/midfielder began his pro journey in Glasgow with the Jimmy Johnstone Soccer Academy, before briefly switching to Rangers youths. From there, he moved on to the Pollok United soccer academy where he captained the U-19 side. Whilst still at Pollok, he was drafted into Scott McKenzie's reserves for a number of trial games with Thistle in 2017 and 2018, and naturally joined the Pollok first team squad in January, 2018, all the while with one foot in the door at Firhill. His work permit application proved to be an arduous and complicated affair, but it was finally resolved in the autumn of 2018, and Sena was finally able to put pen to paper as one of Partick Thistle’s Modern Apprentices. This gave him the boost that he needed, and he proceeded to work hard at getting his chance. Before his Jags first-team debut, he gained further experience on loan to Cumnock Juniors and, with his first class attitude, that well-deserved Thistle debut finally came in a September 2019 Challenge Cup tie at Montrose, a clean-sheet winning start for the player. So impressed were the home side, that they succesfully lobbied to bring Sena to Links Park for a loan spell, the player making 15 appearances and grabbing his first senior goal during that 2019-20 season.

His main period as a Jag got going in season 2020-21, as the club looked to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking. Whilst he was generally known as a combative midfielder, circumstances dictated that he found himself at centre back for a while, and he was involved in the defensive unit that matched the club's (then) all-time club-record of five consecutive clean-sheets in the League. When that was achieved (with a 2-0 win at Forfar in December 2020), Sena stood with an astonishing 72.7% clean-sheet ratio as a Jag. It was his 8th clean-sheet in his first 11 competitive games for the club. He was doing so well at this point that a contract extension until the summer of 2023 was offered to, and accepted by, the player. Thistle went on to lift the title and Sena certainly played his part, racking up 22 competitive appearances in that shortened campaign. He was prone to be a little clumsy at times, perhaps a little rash, and a shaky performance in the 2-1 Cup exit at Tannadice seemed to affect his confidence a little, perhaps a sign of the perfectionist in him.

Ian McCall (his third Thistle manager already) couldn't make his mind up about him, and a loan deal was arranged with Alloa Athletic for the duration of season 2021-22, where he was a near ever-present and scored 4 goals. Astonishingly, he was sent-off after just 25 seconds of a match against Paul Hartley’s Cove Rangers during the campaign! Thoughts that Sena might kick-on as a Jag in 2022-23 were expelled in June 2022, with the news that ‘Sena’ was making an exciting move down South, joining Paul Hartley's Hartlepool United. Clearly, all is forgiven on all sides!

(WS)




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