In the last winter transfer, Liberian striker Seku Conneh departed Hollandâ€™s second tier club FC Oss for the newly-formed American club Bethlehem Steel Football Club that is currently participating in the third tier of American football, the United Soccer League.
After a series of pre-season games, Conneh was left out of Bethlehemâ€™s 1-0 win away at FC Montreal in their league opening match before making his official debut with the Philadelphia-based club in a 2-1 loss away at Cincinnati Football Club in the match day-2 of the USL.
Since his official debut, Conneh made seven appearances and played 364 minutes without a goal. The 20-year-old forward had to wait for his ninth game before scoring his first league goal to help Bethlehem secure a 1-1 draw away at Wilmington Hammerheads.
Despite leaving Holland for Americaâ€™s third tier team, Conneh has so far struggled to make Bethlehemâ€™s first team. Of his nine appearances, he made four starts and came on as a substitute in five matches. However, he believes scoring his first goal for the club is a big step closer in getting on the first team.
â€œFirst of all, Iâ€™m happy that I finally scored my first goal for Bethlehem,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™ve been wishing for it, and God has helped me. Now, Iâ€™m only focusing on getting into the first team. It requires a lot of hard work, which Iâ€™m doing. Iâ€™m not just happy about scoring my first goal for the club, but I believe itâ€™s a big step closer for me to become a regular starter. Now that I have scored and Iâ€™m working harder to get couples of goal before the season ends.â€
The draw away at the Wilmington Hammerheads has taken Bethlehem to 10th place on the Eastern Conference league table with 17 points. Connehâ€™s Bethlehem will be hoping to get their fifth win of the season when they host Richmond Kickers in their next match on Saturday, June 25.
Featured photo courtesy of Sekou Conneh