Craig Bellamy academy trio sign PPCFC deals


Craig Bellamy Academy trio Santigie Koroma, Suleiman Samura and Umaru Samura have signed with Cambodian side Phnom Penh Crown until October 2015.

According to PPCFC, Santigie Koroma, 18, Suleiman Samura 17, and Umaru Samura 16 have all agreed to join the five times Cambodian league holders.

Santigie, who made his international debut for Sierra Leone’s U-20 national team last year at the age of 17, will be challenging for a place in the PPCFC senior team.

Suleiman and Umaru will become part of the Academy U-17 squad in preparation for acceptance into the 2015 Asia Champions Trophy.

The three players are amongst the most accomplished since the academy was launched to help underprivileged children in Sierra Leone the chance to reach their true potential through sport and education, also enable them to build a better life for themselves and their communities.

The club posted, “PPCFC have shown over the past few years their commitment to establishing an environment of excellence and maximise the capacity of the Academy program.

“The acquisition of Umaru and Suleiman shows how dedicated we are to strengthening our position as the leading football development program in Cambodia and a sign of intent to push for even greater success.

“The experience both players have gained over the past five years in Sierra Leone and Europe, and the mentality that is necessary to reach these levels will serve as inspiration to those around them to realise their own true potential.”

Tom Legg who is the PPCFC Academy Technical Director is no stranger to these boys. He knows them from his time in Sierra Leone.

Meanwhile, Santigie Koroma, at age 17, spent three months in the UK with top Premier League teams Cardiff City FC and Manchester City FC.

He was given the chance to feature alongside boys aged 16-18 with both top flight teams.

Santigie is one of our most talented boys on the pitch and took the opportunity to go succeed very seriously.

28 Feb 2015 12:19


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