Five players have been selected by sports journalists in Sierra Leone to compete for the Young Player of the Year award. Voting will end on 31st March 2017 and award will be presented in Freetown later in the year.

The players selected are:

Kwame Quee

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At 20 and a fully fledged Leone Star, Quee plays as an attacking midfielder for local club FC Johansen. Quee was selected by Leone Stars coach Sellas Tetteh ahead of foreign-based midfielders for the entire Leone Stars Afcon 2017 qualifying series. Quee was part of the  FC Johansen 2016 FA Cup Winning team.

 

Mohamed Buyaka Turay

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At 21 as yet uncapped for Leone Stars the young striker has been making waves in Sweden. Having started at Mattia FC , Waterloo he has played in Sweden for Juventus IF, Vasteras SK and currently AFC United. He has so far scored over 40 career goals in Sweden.

 

Mustapha Bundu

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At 19 Bundu is a product of the Craig Bellamy Foundation who furthered his football career graduating from the Hartpury College in the UK in 2016. The forward spent a season at Hereford winning three trophies, scoring 17 goals in 17 appearances and played in the FA Vase Final in 2016. Bundu signed for Danish Superliga Club Aarhus GF in 2016.

 

Osman Kakay

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At 19 Kakay plays as a defender for Chesterfield on loan from Queens Park Rangers. Kakay is a product of the QPR academy and signed his first professional contract with the club in 2015.

Sheka ‘Eto’o’ Fofanah

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At 18 our youngest nominee but a sensation in 2016. A striker for Freetown City FC before his Leone Stars call up for inclusion for the AFCON 17 qualifiers. Played in 5 matches and scored 2 goals, most notably the overhead strike winner against Sudan in Freetown. He  signed for the Danish First Division club Vejle Boldklub in 2016.

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