'I will never play in Belgium again'

Posted: 15 January 2019 Time: 11:00

Belgium has been the home for several of South Africa's top talents in years gone by but Sierra Leone striker Mohamed Buya Turay vows to never play in the country again.

Turay, 24, emerged as one of the countries brightest talents after starring in Sweden for Juventus IF, Västerås SK, AFC Eskilstuna and Dalkurd FF before his club-record switch to Sint-Truidense five months ago.

The goal poacher arrived for a reported €1.8m (R28m) fee on a three-year deal, but after scoring on his debut for the top-flight side, Turay was restricted to just 163 minutes of football since August.

While the European nation has been known for its development of African talents and holds an award called the 'Ebony Shoe', created for the 'best African or African origin player' in the league - Turay was left unimpressed over his ill-fated spell.

"Based on what I have experienced at Sint-Truidense for the five months I have decided not to play again in Belgium," Turay told BBC Sport. "I feel disappointed because things didn't go the way I was expecting for reasons I can't talk about.

"Things changed after I scored my first goal for the club on my debut. Since then it was either I was on the bench or not on list for matches."

While his contract still holds two more years, the Freetown-born marksman is adamant that he has no desire to ever return to his parent club.

"I'm happy to join Durgaden. I decided to come back to Sweden to re-start my career with the aim of moving to bigger European clubs in Europe," he said. "But let me repeat I'll never again play in Belgium."

Turay scored nine goals and registered two assists in 12 games for Dalkurd FF before his move to Sint-Truidense.

Article by: Lorenz Kohler

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