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Top Striker Quits Club

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Pape Mamadou Faye, the striker for Víkingur in Iceland’s top flight of football, the Pepsi League, has unexpectedly quit.

According to Vísir, Pape Mamadou Faye informed his club that he would not be back again at practice on Thursday. He has been an important part of the East Reykjavík club’s team since 2012.

The star striker scored five goals in the First Division in 2013—including the two goals in their final match against Þróttir, which put Víkingur up into the Pepsi League.

He was Víkingur’s highest goal scorer last season, having put the ball in the back of the net eight times on 20 games.

Pape has played a part in all four Víkingur games so far this season in the Pepsi League and has scored one goal. He was a substitute in their last game against Stjarnan.

The news is undoubtedly a blow to Víkingur and weakens their attack considerably—not least because their young striker Viktor Jónsson is on loan to Þróttur all season and Hallgrímur Mar Steingrímsson, another of their forwards, who hails from Húsavík, is injured.

Pape’s contract with the club was supposed to run until the end of this season, at the very least.

His reasons for quitting have not yet been made public.

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