Barlay, Suma sign new deal with Syrianska IF


Sierra Leonean midfielder, Samuel Barlay who moved to Swedish second tier side after a few years spell in the Azerbaijan Premier league with Azal last season 2013/2014, penned a new one year contract extension earlier this month with Syrianska IF Kerburan.

Barlay in his first interview since signing the new contract, the 28-year-old expressed his delight at extending his stay at Syrianska IF Kerburan – and revealed he loves playing for Swedish based football club in the city of Vasteras.

He said: “I am so happy because I love playing for Syrianska and living in Sweden

“I have enjoyed playing here, and now I have a new deal to help the team, so I am very happy.”

Samuel Barlay was classified in the 2003 as one of Africa’s most promising players after a brilliant FIFA U-17 World Cup, he was the Sierra Leone captain and two-goal hero against Spain and Iker Casillas.

Sir Alex Ferguson the fomer Manchester United manager offered the 17-year-old a contract at the time, but Allsvenskan club Malmö FF won the race for the versatile Sierra Leonean.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Suma, like Barlay, joined the red and yellow club last season on a one-year deal also had contract extension.

The defender new deal will see him stay with Syrianska until the end of the 2015 season.

The club has said of Suma in their official website, that the 28-year-old’s performances have shown that he suffered no ill effects from a disappointing Africa Nations Cup campaign.

“Just like his childhood friend Samuel Barlay’s case, Suma and Syrianska IF chose to exercise a contractual option on the extension of the season 2015.

The full-back, who can also play a left-out midfield role, played in all Syriac games last season and performed excellently.

“We know there has been interest in Suma from clubs at a significantly higher level, both in Sweden and abroad, and we probably had not really dared to hope that he would be part of our squad next year,” said Isaac Turan – a member of the club’s Sports Committee.

“We are obviously delighted that Suma has chosen to stay with us. He is very happy here and we see him as important to the team.”

Suma played for few clubs like Atvidaberg and GAIS for five seasons before he joined Norwegian side Haugesund where he played only a season before joining Ermis Aradippou in Cyprus.

He later joined Turkish side Kocaelispor.

From Turkey, he returned to Sweden to play in the topflight league for Jönköping Södra.

After a few years, he joined money rich club Ravan in the Azerbaijan league before he chose to join Barlay at Syriac.


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