Full name Sheriff Suma
Date of birth 12 October 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Left winger-left Back
Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
2002–2005 Kallon FC
2005–2006 Åtvidabergs FF 49 (7)
2007–2008 GAIS 14 (0)
2008 → Haugesund (loan) 11 (1)
2009 Ermis Aradippou 14 (2)
2010 Kocaelispor 5 (1)
2010–2011 Jönköpings Södra 22 (3)
2011–2012 Ravan Baku 38 (1)
2013 FC Johansen
2015 Ravan Baku 17 (1)
2006–2013 Sierra Leone 30 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 February 2016.
† Appearances (goals)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 January 2015
Sheriff Suma (born 12 October 1986 in Freetown, Sierra Leone) nickname Awilo, is a Sierra Leonean international footballer who last played as a winger or Attacking-Midfielder for Ravan Baku 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.
Suma is one of the most popular Sierra Leonean footballers and he is known for frequently changing his unusual and colourful hairstyles. Suma is widely known across Sierra Leone by his nickname Awilo.
2 Football career
3 Career statistics
Sheriff Suma was born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone to Guinean parents from the town of Boffa in Western Guinea. Both of his parents are members of the Susu ethnic group.and he attended the Prince of Wales secondary school in Freetown. Sheriff Suma is famous in Sierra Leone, particularly among the youths. Suma is widely known across Sierra Leone by his nickname Awilo.
Suma's blistering pace and dribbling ability while in possession of the ball with his dangerous left-foot, often leave defenders marking shadows.
Like many African footballers, Suma grew up playing street football in his neighbourhood, in the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown. As he grew older, his dream was to play for the Leone Stars, the Sierra Leone national soccer team; and then move to one of Europe biggest clubs.
Suma 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.
In December 2012 Suma was released from his contract with Ravan Baku.
In June 2014 Suma joined Syrianska with fellow Sierra Leone International Samuel Barlay, signing a new one-year contract with Syrianska in December 2014.
In July 2015, Suma's proposed move to Kvik Halden FK fell through, before later in the same month he re-signed for Azerbaijan Premier League side Ravan Baku FK.
As of 12 November 2013
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europe Total
2005 Åtvidabergs Superettan 23 4 - 23 4 2006 26 3 - 26 3
2007 GAIS Allsvenskan 9 0 - 9 0 2008 5 0 - 5 0
Norway League Norwegian Cup Europe Total
2008 Haugesund (loan) Adeccoligaen 11 1 - 11 1
Cyprus League Cypriot Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Ermis Aradippou Marfin Laiki League 14 2 0 0 - 14 2
Turkey League Turkish Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Kocaelispor PTT 1. Lig 5 1 0 0 - 5 1
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europe Total
2010 Jönköpings Södra Superettan 10 1 - 10 1 2011 11 1 2 0 - 13 1
Azerbaijan League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Ravan Baku Azerbaijan Premier League 28 1 1 0 - 29 1 2012–13 10 0 1 0 - 11 0
Total Sweden 84 9 2 0 0 0 86 9
Norway 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Cyprus 14 2 0 0 0 0 14 2
Turkey 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
Azerbaijan 38 1 2 0 0 0 40 1
Career total 152 14 4 0 0 0 156 14