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SJK signs Erfan Zeneli and Obed Malolo

SJK announced today that they have signed former Finnish international winger Erfan Zeneli and HJK midfielder Obed Malolo.

30-Year old Erfan Zeneli signed a 1-year deal with the club. The winger started last season in Kazakhstan and Shakter Karagandy but moved in the middle of the season back to Finland and FC Inter. The former Finnish international had his best seasons with HJK between 2013-2015 when he scored 22 goals in total for them. He was a key player for Sixten Boström when he was coaching HJK and helping them win the title.

Obed Malolo moves to SJK from HJK. The 19-year old talent had dropped in the pecking order at HJK with the arrival of Mustagh Yaghoubi so he moves to SJK in search of more playing time. With Matej Hradecky injured for the season, SJK needed some more cover on that defensive midfielder position. Malolo has signed a deal for this season with an option for more.  He has played 34 games so far with HJK in the Veikkausliiga

At the same time SJK announced that Elias Ahde moves to JJK on a loan deal until June. Young midfield talent Emil Lidman has cancelled his contract and signed with HIFK.

Erfan Zeneli player card at Soccerway – Click here.
Obed Malolo player card at Soccerway – Click here.

Full story in Finnish on SJK website – Click here.


  1. Vladi

    10th April 2017 at 11:49 am

    How you would rate this signings? Can Zeneli be the a key player like he was for HJK again?

    • Football-Finland

      11th April 2017 at 7:57 am

      He can be good. Last year he went to Inter which was a team in a mess and the pressure was there immediately for him to perform. Now he will play under Boström who knows the player well and knows exactly what to expect from him as he played under him in HJK. Also like in HJK, the team does not rely on him to be the sole provider of assists and goals. He is just another good option to put there and he can help the team especially when the European games start. Give him a bit time though.

      Malolo has been a great talent for years, but for the last 2 years his progress has slowed. He has the potential to become a leading DM and hopefully with SJK he can get more chances. HJK had too many players for that position and with Dahlström already being a strong player, there was no need for him. Hopefully with SJK he can take the next step.

  2. Vladi

    11th April 2017 at 8:42 am

    Thanks a lot for the answer. I think he can be a good pair with Guichon as both are good with the ball and have a good technique. Besides these signings is good for the depth for that team.

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