Mohamadou Sumareh

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Mohamadou Sumareh
Mohamadou Sumareh (cropped).jpg
Sumareh with Pahang in 2017
Personal information
Full name Mohamadou Sumareh
Date of birth (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 27)
Place of birth Fajara, The Gambia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Johor Darul Ta'zim
Number 13
Youth career
2011 Steve Biko
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 PDRM 34 (5)
2016 Perlis 22 (5)
2017–2020 Pahang 62 (12)
2020–2021 Police Tero 4 (0)
2021– Johor Darul Ta'zim 8 (2)
National team
2018– Malaysia 22 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 July 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2021

Mohamadou Sumareh (born 20 September 1994) is a Gambian-born Malaysian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Malaysia Super League club Johor Darul Ta'zim and the Malaysia national team.

Born in the Gambia, Sumareh obtained Malaysian citizenship through naturalization in 2018 and has represented their national team since. He has been nicknamed "Keliboy" by Pahang fans.[1]

Mohamadou Sumareh began his career at Terengganu in January 2012. Sumareh moved to Polis Di Raja Malaysia in December 2012. In December 2015 he joined Perlis, making 19 league appearances and scoring 5 goals. Sumareh's spell at Perlis didn't last long and in December 2016 he joined Pahang, making 98 league appearances and scoring 17 goals in 5 years. Sumareh joined current club Johor Darul Ta'zim in February 2021. In terms of personal accolades, Sumareh has a single Malaysian Midfielder of the Year award to his name.

Early years[edit]

Sumareh was born in Fajara, Gambia. Sumareh's family moved to Banjul after his birth.

On 2006, Sumareh went to Malaysia at the age of 12, following his father who worked as a businessman and began living here three years later. From the age of 15, he has learned a lot about Malaysia, especially the culture in the local community and in football.[2] He trained with the Kuala Lumpur Youth Soccer (KLYS) academy as a teenager.[3]

Club career[edit]

Steve Biko[edit]

After displaying some talent, he was offered the chance to join the Steve Biko academy in Gambia in late-2010. However, he was not offered a professional contract.

Royal Malaysia Police[edit]

A year later, Sumareh travelled to Malaysia and signed for Malaysia Premier League club PDRM on a two-year contract. He made his first-team debut on 7 January 2013, in a match against Betaria, with a 5–0 win at home (Hang Jebat Stadium). In 2014, he succeeded in helping PDRM to become the 2014 Malaysia Premier League champions, thus promoted to the Super league for next season.

Perlis[edit]

Sumareh signed for Perlis on a one-year contract after the end of the contract with PDRM.[4] He made his Perlis debut on 15 February 2016 against UiTM in the Malaysia Premier League, with a 1–0 loss at home.

Pahang[edit]

After helping Perlis reach in the sixth place in Premier League, Sumareh joined Pahang on a free transfer in December 2016 after signing a two-year deal with the Super League club. He made his club debut on 21 January 2017 in Super League Match against Perak away, which resulted in a 1–1 draw. His first Super League goal came on his Darul Makmur Stadium debut on 27 January 2017, in the 14th minute with a 5–0 victory against T–Team.[5]

Police Tero[edit]

On 7 September 2020, Sumareh signed for Thai League 1 club, Police Tero.

Johor Darul Ta'zim[edit]

On 9 February 2021, Sumareh joined Malaysia Super League club Johor Darul Ta'zim.[6]

International career[edit]

In October 2018, Sumareh was called up for the Malaysia national team central training from 8 October to prepare for two international friendly matches against Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan.[7] He is the first player called to the Malaysia national team since the 1960s, who was neither born in Malaysia nor have any of his ancestors Malaysian-born or having Malaysian citizenship.[8]

He made his debut on 12 October 2018, in a warm-up match against Sri Lanka. In that match, he came on as a substitute and scored his first international goal in a 4–1 victory.[9] He later scored again in a 3–0 win against Maldives on 4 November 2018. A day later, he was selected to the last 23-man squad for the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.[10] On 5 September 2019 he scored a crucial last-minute goal against Indonesia in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Malaysia won the match 2–3 at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta. On 15 November 2019, he also scored the decisive goal that helped Malaysia win against Thailand 2–1 at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lampur and kept Malaysia's hopes for World Cup qualification alive.

Personal life[edit]

Sumareh received his Malaysian citizenship in April 2018 after staying in the country for more 5 years.[11] He is a former student of Maz International School in Shah Alam and SEGi College.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 4 September 2021[13]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Perlis 2016 Malaysia Premier League 22 5 2 0 0 0 24 5
Total 22 5 2 0 0 0 24 5
Pahang 2017 Malaysia Super League 21 6 6 4 8 1 35 11
2018 Malaysia Super League 17 3 7 1 8 0 32 4
2019 Malaysia Super League 21 3 5 3 6 1 32 7
2020 Malaysia Super League 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 62 12 18 8 22 2 102 22
Police Tero 2020–21 Thai League 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Johor Darul Ta'zim 2021 Malaysia Super League 11 3 0 0 0 0 11 3
Total 11 3 0 0 0 0 11 3
Career total 99 20 20 8 22 2 141 30

International[edit]

As of 11 June 2021
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Malaysia 2018 10 2
2019 9 4
2021 3 0
Total 22 6
As of match played 14 November 2019. Malaysia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Sumareh goal.[14]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 October 2018 Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka 1  Sri Lanka 3–1 4–1 Friendly
2 3 November 2018 Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3  Maldives 3–0 3–0
3 11 June 2019 14  Timor-Leste 3–0 5–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 5 September 2019 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 15  Indonesia 1–1 3–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 3–2
6 14 November 2019 Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 18  Thailand 2–1 2–1

Honours[edit]

PDRM
Pahang

Malaysia

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sumareh, ada yang tidak puas hati? | Stadium Astro". www.stadiumastro.com. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Sumareh, ada yang tidak puas hati?". 4 October 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Sumareh's gaffe throws eligibility into question". 4 October 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Mohamadou Sumareh Taring Singa Utara". mstar. 29 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Pahang vs. T–Team". Soccerway. 27 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Sumareh wings his way to join Super League champs JDT". Bernama. 9 February 2021. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Senarai 24 Pemain ke kem latihan pusat Skuad Harimau Malaya bermula 8 October 2018". FAM.org. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  8. ^ Firdaus Hashim (13 October 2018). "Sumareh proves he's a deadly tiger on Harimau Malaya debut". New Straits Times. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Jaringan kilat Sumareh benam Sri Lanka". SinarHarian. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Malaysia release final 23-man squad for 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup". Fox Sports Malaysia. 4 November 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Sumareh can join National Team". NST. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Gambia national coach not angry with Sumareh's move to play for Malaysia". NST. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  13. ^ Mohamadou Sumareh at Soccerway. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Sumareh, Mohamadou". National Football Teams. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  15. ^ "PDRM crowned MPL champions; FELDA seal promotion". Football SEA. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  16. ^ "PDRM wins People's Cup-::maldivesoccer.com:- Maldives' first soccer website". www.maldivesoccer.com. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  17. ^ Scott. "2018 AFF Suzuki Cup Best XI". www.affsuzukicup.com. Retrieved 17 November 2019.

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