Jabateh Linked With Move To Moldova
By Sylvester Worwee
Moldova club, Sheriff has agreed to offer a way out for unsettled Liberia international, Sekou Oliseh Jabateh; an insider at the Liberia Football Association has disclosed. The 25 year-old, who has struggled to seal a deal since his contract with Russian giant, CSKA Moscow ran out on 30th June 2015, is considering a move to Moldova club side, FC Sheriff Tiraspol.
According to the well-placed source,Jabateh, who is a free agent will depart Liberia tomorrow [Tuesday] for the former Soviet Union state to finalize his deal, thereby ruling him out of Lone Star preliminary World Cup qualifier with Guinea-Bissau on October 8, 2015.
FC Sheriff Tiraspol, known simply as Sheriff, is an association football club located in Tiraspol, Transnistria; the breakaway nation of Moldova that remains loyal to Russia. The club has dominated Moldovan football since 2001, winning thirteen championship titles out of fifteen.
Jabateh joined CSKA Moscow from Danish club Midtjylland in 2009 but struggled to establish himself at the Russian club. The winger cum attacker was loaned to Greek club PAOK in January 2013, with the deal extended in July 2013.
Lone Star “wonder boy” was again out on loan in July 2014, this time to Kuban Krasnodar. Jabateh returned to CSKA during the winter break [December] after Kuban declined to extend his loan deal.
The ex-CSKA Moscow winger reported moved to Qatari club side Al-Gharafa understandably collapsed since, and nothing much have been head of the rumor deal in Turkey.
“Sekou had an offer in the United States but the Moldova deal is more lucrative. He [Sekou] leaves from here [Monrovia] on Tuesday for Europe and has been advised not to think of coming back for the Bissau match, though his name is on the list of players called-up by Debbah,” a friend of Jabateh hinted.
Sheriff was founded on 4th April 1997 by former policeman Viktor Guşan, an employee of the Sheriff Security company, which remains a key sponsor of the club. Sheriff is based in Tiraspol, the capital city of the breakaway state of Transnistria, generally recognized as part of Moldova.
The club entered the second tier of Moldovan football, the "A" Division later that year and won its championship gain promotion to National Division. The club home ground [Sheriff Stadium] was constructed by the company in 2002 and has a seating capacity for 12,746 spectators.
Brief look at Jabateh’s future new home:
Since it declared independence in 1990, Transnistria has functioned as a state with limited recognition. Despite its non-recognition, it has legislative and executive authority and has an army, constitution, flag, emblem and anthem. The citizens have their own currency and passports, although they are invalid everywhere except in Transnistria.
Life in the frozen state has taken its toll on the population which numbers are declining rapidly-from 750,000 to 500,000 [officially] since independence, and [unofficially] 300,000. The economy is also in freefall, with rural population shrinking while villages are emptying.