Finland-based Sesay targets Sierra Leone call-up


There’s is a lot more about Abdul Sesay than his name which is now ubiquitous in the Finnish press. First off, he prefers to go by his nickname ‘King Budushi’ bestowed upon him by friends based on his street football prowess in the little leagues back home in Freetown.

The attacking midfielder signed a year’s contract last December with Finnish side Oulun Palloseura Jalkapallo (OPS) in the Kekkonen division.

The OPS playmaker had previously traded his football with Atlantis in Helsinki, where he scored 22 goals during 2013/14 season.

The 23-year-old is now targeting a place in the senior Sierra Leone national team after an explosive end to the 2014/15 season.

“As a former FC Kallon player, I know what it meant playing for Sierra Leone, am happy and excited with my football so far hopefully will get recognised by my country soon,” Sesay remarked.

“I want to play with the Leone Stars and these experiences will be vital as my motivation – I feel ready to help my country now and I hope I will get the chance,” he added.

“I am happy to have been able to sign and play for one of the biggest clubs in Finland – it’s a dream come true,” Sesay said.

“We’re presently third in the Finnish league, a perfect platform for Champions League football. We hope to maintain our grip and to come through the season as expected.

“Through the session they tell you what you can do better, where you should be – it’s a huge learning curve.”

Sesay’s first OPS goal was against league leaders KPV and since then have scored three league goals in 13 appearances, as the youngster’s amazing dribbling ability is much-talked about in Finland.

By Alie Bittar


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