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Djurgården aiming to finish job

Published: Wednesday 7 September 2005, 7.08CET
Monthly review: Leaders Djurgårdens IF are hoping new striker Siyabonga Nomvethe can help them in the Allsvenskan title run-in.
by Jan Juhlin
from Gothenburg

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Published: Wednesday 7 September 2005, 7.08CET

Djurgården aiming to finish job

Monthly review: Leaders Djurgårdens IF are hoping new striker Siyabonga Nomvethe can help them in the Allsvenskan title run-in.
South Africa striker Siyabonga Nomvethe was the biggest signing in Sweden as Djurgårdens IF bolstered their squad before the transfer window slammed shut.

Extra boost
With six matches remaining, Nomvethe's arrival in Stockholm, along with Danish midfielder Jesper Håkansson, could give the leaders the lift they need to hold off IFK Göteborg, who sit just a point behind. Nomvethe has 54 caps and came on loan from Udinese Calcio.

African duo
Göteborg reluctantly lost midfielder Sebastian Johansson to Turkish side Malatyaspor, but will continue to put their faith in youth after watching teenagers Pontus Wernbloom, Jonathan Berg and Marcus Berg blossom alongside experienced campaigners such as Håkan Mild. Malmö FF have landed young Nigerian striker Edvard Ofere as well as Ivorian international Raoul Kouakou in an attempt to reduce their five-point gap to Djurgården.

Paulinho windfall
In-form Hammarby are seven points adrift but on a roll, and will hope that Paulinho Guará, recruited from Örgryte IS, can help them maintain momentum. Örgryte, meanwhile, splashed some of their windfall on Zambian international striker Clifford Mulenga and Finland Under-21 captain Henri Scheweleff.

Kalmar keep Rosengren
Sixth-placed Kalmar FF are all but out of the race for Europe, but will be delighted to have retained prized centre-back Patrik Rosengren. IF Elfsborg and BK Häcken, who still risk being sucked into the relegation battle, have kept a low profile. Elfsborg made their big moves in early July when Anders Svensson and Mathias Svensson opted to return from England. Moroccan international Yassid Kaissi is the only addition to a Häcken side who are four points ahead of third-from-bottom Halmstads BK.

Landskrona spree
Landskrona BoIS have bought big in an attempt to escape the drop zone. Among six new faces, Rwandan international forward BoBo Bola and former Sweden star Karl Corneliusson stand out as players who could make a difference.

Slumping Halmstad
Runners-up in 2004, Halmstad have endured a nightmare campaign, and as things stand they face the prospect of a relegation play-off. Confident his team have enough quality to save themselves, coach Jan Andersson has avoided panic buys, acquiring only Brazilian youngster Eduardo Delani. Bottom pair GIF Sundsvall and Assyriska Föreningen must find form quickly to stand any chance of staying up, but were unable to make any telling late signings.

Last updated: 07/09/05 16.34CET

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