Jamaica int’l Orgill wins Finnish title with Mariehamn

Jamaica international Dever Orgill (pictured) captured the 2015/16 Finnish league title with IFK Mariehamn on October 23, 2016. (Photo courtesy of IFK Mariehamn)


MARIEHAMN, Finland -- Jamaica international Dever Orgill assisted on a goal as IFK Mariehamn (17W-10D-6L, 61 points) captured its first Finnish league title with a 2-1 win over visiting Ilves on the day of play Sunday at the Wiklof Holding Arena.

HJK Helsinki finished as runner-up with 58 points. 

“Hard work truly pays off,” said the 26-year-old forward. “It is a wonderful achievement for this club. Since 2013, I have been humbled and honored to play for this club and to win the league is special. It is a wonderful moment and I will certainly cherish it.”

In 2015, Orgill also helped IFK Mariehamn to the Finnish Cup crown. The former Vancouver Whitecap, who was on the Reggae Boyz’s roster for the Copa America Centenario earlier this year, is looking forward to the next chapter of his footballing career.

“I am looking forward to the (UEFA) Champions League,” he finished. “It’s a good opportunity to test ourselves against the elite of Europe. For now it is a chance to reflect on a successful season and regroup in 2017." 

Orgill is the first Jamaican international to win a league based in Scandinavia.