Liberian-Swedish Footballer Seth Hellberg Extends IK Brage Stay

Swedish-based Liberian international midfielder Seth Kanteh Hellberg has committed his future to Swedish Superettan club IK Brage after signing a contract extension.

Hellberg who was rumored to be the target of some clubs in the Superettan and Allsvenskan (the second and first highest leagues in Sweden, respectively), put an end over speculations over the weekend by signing a new deal which runs until 2022.

The 24-year-old said it was his choice to stay with the club that was now a family to him since welcoming him in 2019.

“It was an obvious choice for me to stay. I have developed on all levels, both as a human and as a football player. Right from the start, my first impression was that IK Brage is a family club,” Hellberg said after signing a new deal.

“They’ve become a family who has, in a way, raised me and made me a better person and I just want to continue to evolve both on the field and outside of it. I feel I have more to give the club and the club has more to give me.”

Hellberg joined IK Brage in 2019 after spending three years with IF Brommapojkarna and Syrianska FC. He spent time with IF Brommapojkarna side and made his senior debut in 2014. He represented the club for three years and moved to Syrianska FC in 2017, where he played two seasons before joining IK Brage on a free transfer in 2019.

Hellberg was born in Sweden to a Swedish father and a Liberian mother. In 2019, he was invited to represent Liberia under English coach Peter Butler. He made his debut for Liberia against Sierra Leone at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in a World Cup qualifying match.

Hellberg vs Sierra Leone in Freetown. Photo: T. Kla Wesley Jr.

He played 74 minutes as Liberian went on to win 3-1 in the first leg. His second game for the Lone Star was the return leg in Freetown, which Liberia lost 1-0. Hellberg completed 57 minutes and was replaced after being injured.

Featured photo courtesy of IK Brage

T Kla Wesley Jr.

T. Kla Wesley Jr. is a member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia.

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