Pa saffa pens a 12 month deal in Thailand
Mustapha Pa Safa Sama, Sierra Leonean international defender, who until last week was a free agent, has signed a 12 month deal with Thailand based club Chanthaburi FC. (Photo: Pa Safa at training)
The bulky defender from local club Wellington during his early career in 1996 as a 17 year old, has said this is a dream come true and he is looking forward to revitalising his football career.
He joined another Sierra Leonean in Chanthaburi FC, Christian Lamin. According to Pa Saffa he was sported by officials of the Thailand based club recently when he was in USA on trials with San Jose Earthquakes.
The terms and condition of his contract are undisclosed but the player will have the opportunity again to play professional football in Thailand’s division one league when the season copmmences in February 2011.
Speaking exclusively to Sierra Express Media, Sama said he is delighted that he made the move and will try his best to win a first team place at National level again.
Sama’s great experience prompted his move from Sierra Leone after winning the title with East End Lions in 1999, he went on and signed for Algerian side JS Kabylie and Cape Verdean side Boavista prior to his move to Europe.
His first switch from Africa was with Swedish club Vasalund/Essinge IF in 2000, his extreme performance initiated a trip across Europe, playing for FK Haugesund in the Norwegian Adeccoligaen, Charleroi in Belgium first division and Syrianka FC in Sweden.
Sama’s contract with Charleroi was controversially terminated in 2005 after a dispute over the payment of match bonuses. He them moved to his third continent – Asia – in 2006 to play for LG- ACB Ha Noi in the Vietnamese League.
In 2007 he left to sign for Indonesia club side Persija Jakarta, his outstanding performances sparked another move, this time to the west to play for Al-Wahda in Syria 2008.
Sama then took on his fourth continent – North America – in March 2009 when he signed for the Carolina RailHawks in the USL first division, after failing to get clearance to transfer to Carolina, Sama briefly went on trial with the San Jose Earthquakes.
At international level, Sama has won many caps – his recent with Sierra Leone was in the World Cup qualifying encounters with Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone lost 2-0 and he was also on the bench in the Sierra Leone team that lost 1-0 to Nigeria in Freetown with a goal from Yobo in 2008.
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