January 13, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Sierra Leone central back Gibril ‘Barrel’ Sankoh has signed a two-year contract with newly promoted Chinese League One side, Meizhou Hakka FC for an undisclosed fee.
The 32-year-old defender who, before his departure was the skipper for the Netherlands club Roda JC playing in the Dutch Eredivisie (the top tier league), dropped the captain’s harm band for what is described as a bumper offer by the Chinese club.
The player activated a clause in his one-year deal for the move to materialise, with the Dutch outfit admitted to Voetbal international media that the offer is too financially attractive to turn down.
He said: “I am sorry to Roda JC to leave at this time. My time in Kerkrade was too short, but this is an opportunity I could not pass up. The offer I received was financially very attractive. In addition, this is a club in a beautiful region in southern China, where the living conditions and the weather is all well.”
The former FC Groningen defender further revealed that the move will also see him reunite with his former coach at Henan Jianye FC, Qi Wusheng. “He really wanted to work with me again,” Sankoh said as he will also work with a Dutch coach, Luc Nijholt.
Sankoh joined Roda JC on a one-year contract during the summer of 2015, just months after his deal with Chinese club Henan Jianye FC was terminated by mutual consent.
Meizhou Hakka Football Club is a professional Chinese football club which gains promotion to the China League One division after winning the League Two title.