Sekou Conneh Leaves Holland for America

MONROVIA, Montserrado – European football leagues have been attractive in many years to footballers around the globe for the wealth and competitiveness. Players’ movements to Europe has been beneficial to the national teams as it has allowed their players to train regularly with some of the world best players and coaches.

It is common around the world for the best players to play in Europe. European nations are well-established and incredibly well-funded leagues. The pull of Europe even reaches players from soccer-rich nations such as Brazil.

But that’s not the case for the 20-year-old Liberian international striker, Seku Conneh, who has parted ways with the Holland second tier club FC Oss for the newly-formed American third division club Bethlehem Steel Football Club.

During his time with FC Oss, Conneh appeared ten times in the first phase of the season and scored twice.

He joined FC Oss following a single season with another Holland’s second tier club, Fortuna Sittard, where the Liberian netted nine times in 45 appearances.

Before joining Fortuna Sittard and FC Oss, Conneh spent time with Ajax, RKC Waalwijk, and Almere City FC youth teams.

On Nov. 15, 2015, Conneh made his debut for the Liberia National Football Team as a substitute after 73 minutes for Spain-based William Jebor in the world cup qualifying match against Côte D’Ivoire.

Bethlehem Steel FC is an American professional soccer team based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2015, the team plays in the United Soccer League or USL, the third tier of American soccer.

The USL is a professional men’s soccer league spanning the United States and Canada that began its inaugural season in 2011. The third division league is below both the Major League Soccer (Division I) and the North American Soccer League (Division II).

Featured photo courtesy of Seku Conneh

T Kla Wesley Jr.

T. Kla Wesley Jr. is a member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia.

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