The story of Alie Sesay, Arsenal and Leicester dropouts are now stranded at Persebaya

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1NEWS – Facing Liga 1 2021/2022, Persebaya Surabaya ensures that they are strengthened by four imported legions. They are Taisei Marukawa, Bruno Moreira Soares, Jose Wilkson, and Alie Sesay. The last name was recorded as a student of Arsenal and Leicester City Academy.

Playing as a central defender or defensive midfielder, Sesay was born and raised in England to parents from Sierra Leone. Realizing that it is impossible to be called up to the England national team, the 27-year-old chose Sierra Leone. Until now, he has eight caps for the West African national team.

“I’ve heard a lot about Indonesian football. Especially about the fanaticism of fans. As a player, defending a club with such fantastic fans is the best experience. I’m happy to be here,” said Sesay on the official website of Bajul Ijo some time ago.

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Although he still needs to prove it on the field, the player who will wear the number four jersey in Liga 1 2021/2022 has a career history that is worth showing off.

Having grown up in Enfield, North London, Sesay has been a fan of Arsenal since birth. In fact, as a child, he had studied at the Gunners Academy.

However, due to intense competition, Sesay had to be realistic. In 2010 he decided to leave North London for Leicester. Sesay joined The Foxes Academy, which at that time was still a member of the Championship Division.

Along with Callum Elder, George Taft, James Pearson, Jacob Blyth, Rob Paratore, Jamie Anton and Jak McCourt, Sesay had a successful season with Leicester Under-18s and Under-21s. Coached by Steve Beaglehole, these young players won the Development League Two North title.

As a result, on March 15, 2013 at the age of 19, Sesay got a professional contract with The Foxes. He is seen as a fast and strong centre-back, who has impressed with Taft for Leicester Under-21s. He also captained the team on several occasions during Conrad Logan’s absence.

However, like Arsenal, the competition at Leicester is also fierce. In 2013/2014 when they won the Championship Division and got a Premier League ticket, the Foxes had some tough defenders. Call it Wes Morgan, Zak Whitbread, Sean St Ledger, or Ignasi Miguel.

To gain flying hours and experience, Leicester coach at the time, Nigel Pearson, loaned Sesay to Colchester United. Then, when Leicester played in the Premier League, he was again loaned to Cambridge United.

“We have seen a lot of him in recent years. He is a different type of defender in the central area to what we have, because he is very fast. Although he is not the greatest, he has good strength and is very strong. comfortable with the ball. on his feet,” said Cambridge coach Richard Money, as reported by Sky Sports.

“We have explained to him that we know he is capable of playing at right-back. However, we see him as a central defender and I hope his time here will give him a big boost,” added Money at the time.

Unfortunately, despite having been given the opportunity to develop at a lower caste club, Sesay was not able to display a proud game. Leicester’s contract was discontinued and Sesay immediately moved to Barnet on an 18-month contract on 15 January 2016.

Only able to last a year, Barnet again terminated Sesay’s contract on January 31, 2017 with only five appearances in the league which did not please his coach.

Failing to reach high levels in England, Sesay decided to go abroad. His adventure began with defending the Swedish sixth tier club, IK Frej. Then, moved to the Greek third caste, Chania Kissamikos, and Bulgaria’s highest caste, Arda Kardzhali. Sesay continued his career to Azerbaijan with Zira and Sabail.

It was from Azerbaijan that the agent brought Sesay to Indonesia. He was officially introduced as a Persebaya player since June 12, 2021. However, Sesay had to wait until this week to be able to play because Liga 1 2021/2022 only started last weekend.

(andri ananto/you)

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