Freetown, Sierra Leone – Sierra Leonean forward Mohamed Buya Turay, aged 28, made an impressive comeback to the Leone Stars national team, scoring three goals in two matches.
Turay, who currently plies his trade with the Danish professional club Odense Boldklub, ended his five-year goal drought for the national team during a friendly match against Benin on Saturday, October 14.
His first goal came in the 32nd minute of the match, which concluded with a 1-1 draw. However, his celebration was cut short when he was forced to exit the field in the 88th minute after a push by Benin’s left-back. This raised concerns about his availability for Sierra Leone’s upcoming matches, including the one against Somalia on October 17.
Nonetheless, Turay laid these doubts to rest when he was named in Coach Amidu Karim’s starting XI for the Somalia match. He played a pivotal role in his nation’s 2-0 victory.
In the fixture against Somalia, Turay managed to find the net twice for Sierra Leone. His first goal was converted from a penalty in the 25th minute after being fouled in Somalia’s danger zone. He secured a brace with another goal in the 57th minute.
Unquestionably, his return to the national team has made a significant impact, delighting Sierra Leonean football fans. His outstanding performance earned him praise from various quarters, including former Leone Stars captain, coach, and iconic club owner Mohamed Kallon, who declared Turay as his favorite Sierra Leonean player at the moment. ARW/20/10/2023