Mohammed Sylla

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Momo Sylla
Mohammed Sylla 2006.jpg
Personal information
Full name Mohammed Sylla[1]
Date of birth (1977-03-13) 13 March 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Bouaké, Cote d'Ivoire
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Créteil 16 (1)
1996–1999 Le Havre 10 (0)
1997–1998 Noisy-le-Sec (loan) 24 (4)
1999–2000 Le Mans 27 (1)
2000–2001 St Johnstone 35 (5)
2001–2005 Celtic 47 (3)
2005–2007 Leicester City 34 (0)
2007 Kilmarnock 11 (0)
CS Tiligul-Tiras Tiraspol ? (?)
Total 204+ (14+)
National team
1999–2007 Guinea 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:43, 4 January 2009 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:43, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Mohammed "Momo" Sylla (born 13 March 1977) is a retired Guinean footballer. Sylla was something of a cult figure at many of his club, mostly because of his stunning resemblance to Christian Ponder.

Club career[edit]

Sylla started his football career at French Second Division club Créteil, on the outskirts of Paris, before moving on to Le Havre when he was 18.[2] He also played for Le Mans[3][4] in France before moving to St Johnstone where he was considered to be a fan's favourite.[5] His former St. Johnstone manager Sandy Clark once said: "He's so skilful. The thing about Momo is this - he doesn't even know what he's going to do, so how's a defender supposed to know?"[citation needed] Sylla was also considered to be quite an aggressive player during his time at St. Johnstone as he picked up 16 yellow cards.[2]

Celtic manager signed for £650,000 in August 2001. Sylla played in a variety of different positions while at Celtic but was never a first-team regular.[6]

Celtic released Sylla in 2005 and he then signed for Leicester City at the beginning of the 2005-06 season. He then had a short stint with Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock in early 2007 and a trial with Nottingham Forest [7] before moving to Moldovan club CS Tiligul-Tiras Tiraspol.

International career[edit]

Despite being born in the Ivory Coast, Sylla is a Guinean international. He played 22 matches for Guinea between 1999 and 2007.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Sylla is the youngest of six children. He has two brothers and three sisters. From age 10, he was brought up by his sisters in Paris, as his mother, Massiami Bamba, and father believed that opportunities would be better for him than they were in Africa.[2]

He is one of at least two Guinean football players commonly known as Mohammed Sylla. Another, Mohamed Lamine Sylla, played with Willem II, FC Martigues and Ayr United amongst others.[9] The overlapping nature of the two players' careers has led to a degree of media confusion regarding the details of their transfers.




  1. ^ "Mohammed Sylla". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Sylla listens without prejudice, Scotland on Sunday, 20 October 2002.
  3. ^ Profile at
  4. ^ Profile at
  5. ^ "Fans cleared of Sylla race abuse charge; Celtic star Momo asks sheriff to free pair". Evening Times. 31 December 2002. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "English duo are waiting on Sylla". BBC Sport. 2 March 2005. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Forest look at Sylla". Sky Sports Football News. 
  8. ^ "Sylla, Momo". National Football Teams. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Ayr United Match reports 1997-98, Hand of David Ayr United Fans Site.

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