Suma with Sierra Leone
|Full name||Sheriff Awilo Suma|
|Date of birth||12 October 1986|
|Place of birth||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Left winger|
|2008||→ Haugesund (loan)||11||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:00, 9 March 2019 (UTC)
Sheriff Awilo Suma (born 12 October 1986) is a Sierra Leonean professional footballer who plays as a left winger for Atlanta SC and the Sierra Leone national football team. He was a member of Sierra Leone U-17 team at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland. Suma made his senior international debut for Sierra Leone on 3 September 2006 in a 2008 African Nations Cup qualifying match against Mali in Freetown.
He fled his country's civil war and moved to The Gambia in 1997. Suma was widely considered the best Sierra Leonean youth footballer while in The Gambia. In 2001, the young Suma was discovered by Sierra Leonean football agent Chernor Musa Jalloh while playing in a local football league in Banjul, Gambia. Jalloh introduced Suma to Mohamed Kallon, Sierra Leone's most successful footballer. Kallon asked him if he would like to play for Kallon F.C. in the Sierra Leone National Premier League. Suma returned to Sierra Leone for the first time in five years in 2002 and sign for top Sierra Leone National Premier League club FC Kallon, which is owned by Mohamed Kallon himself. In his first season in the Sierra Leonean Premier League, Suma was the second top goal-scorer.
After playing in the qualifying rounds, Suma was omitted from the final squad for the 2003 African U-17 Championship in Swaziland, something he describes as the worst moment of his life. In the championship, Sierra Leone placed second, behind Cameroon, thereby qualifying for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland.
Fortunately for Suma, he was called back to the squad for the U-17 world championship in Finland. While the team failed to advance past the group stage of the tournament, the coach commended Suma for his energy and flair with the ball. Following this event, 12 of the 23 players failed to return to Sierra Leone and some later applied for political asylum. Among those who did return home was Suma.
Shortly After the U-17 world championship, talent scout Chernor Musa Jalloh helped Suma moved to the Swedish team Åtvidaberg on a two-year contract from Kallon F.C.. In December 2006, Suma was traded to GAIS, one of Sweden's oldest teams.
Suma was loaned to FK Haugesund in the summer of 2008 for the rest of the season.
|Ermis Aradippou||2009–10||Marfin Laiki League||14||2||0||0||–||14||2|
|Kocaelispor||2009–10||PTT 1. Lig||5||1||0||0||–||5||1|
|Ravan Baku||2011–12||Azerbaijan Premier League||28||1||1||0||–||29||1|
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- Sheriff Suma at WorldFootball.net
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