Sulayman Marreh

Sulayman Marreh (born 15 January 1996) is a Gambian footballer who plays for Belgian club Eupen as a defensive midfielder or central defender.

Sulayman Marreh
Personal information
Full name Sulayman Marreh[1]
Date of birth (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996
Place of birth Abuko, Gambia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder / Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 15
Youth career
Abuko United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Abuko United
2011–2013 Samger
2013–2017 Granada B 55 (3)
2014–2015 Granada 1 (0)
2017–2019 Watford 0 (0)
2017–2018Valladolid (loan) 0 (0)
2018Almería (loan) 12 (1)
2018–2019Eupen (loan) 21 (0)
2019– Eupen 0 (0)
National team
2011– Gambia 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:25, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2017

Club career

Born in Banjul, Marreh made his senior debuts with Abuko United FC. In 2011, he was spotted by Gambia U-17's staff ahead of 2011 African U-17 Championship, and despite being left out of the final cut, he joined Samger FC.[2] In March 2014 he moved to Granada CF in Spain, being assigned to the reserves in Segunda División B, for a reported fee of one million dalasi.[3]

Marreh made his senior debut with the side on 15 March 2014, starting in a 0–0 draw against FC Cartagena;[4] roughly a month later he netted his first goal abroad, scoring the first of a 6–1 home win over Écija Balompié.[5]

On 21 March, Marreh was called up to the Andalusians' main squad ahead of the La Liga match against Elche CF;[6] he remained on the bench in the 1–0 win at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, however.[7] He made his first-team debut on 17 October, starting in a 0–1 home loss against Rayo Vallecano.[8]

On 10 July 2017, after having his federative rights assigned to Watford, Marreh was loaned to Segunda División club Real Valladolid for one year.[9] The following January, his loan with Valladolid was cancelled and he joined UD Almería on a loan deal for the remainder of the campaign.[10][11]

In March 2019 Belgian First Division A club Eupen announced they had taken up the option to sigh Marreh on a contract until June 2021, having initially signed him on loan for the 2018–19 season.[12]

International career

After being left out of the under-17 squad, Marreh made his debut with the main squad on 9 February 2011, coming on as a substitute in a 1–3 loss against Guinea-Bissau at Lisbon, Portugal.[13] He played his first official match on 15 June of the following year, starting in a 1–4 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification loss against Algeria.[14]



Gambia national team

International goals

Scores and results list the Gambia's goal tally first.[16]
1.13 November 2019Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda, Angola Angola3–13–12021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


  1. "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. Gambia: The Day Sulayman Marreh Came of Age - Starlet Trains With Scorpions Ahead of Stars Test; All Africa, 2 September 2013
  3. Gambia: Sulayman Marreh Nears Granada Debut; All Africa, 24 March 2014
  4. El Granada B desaprovecha la oportunidad de derrotar a un 'gallito' de la categoría (0–0) (Granada misses opportunity to defeat a category's top side (0–0)); Ideal, 15 March 2014 (in Spanish)
  5. Festín del Granada B a costa del Écija (Granada B's party at Écija's expense); La Segunda B, 27 April 2014 (in Spanish)
  6. Ighalo, principal novedad en la convocatoria del Granada (Ighalo, main news in Granada's selection); Marca, 21 March 2014 (in Spanish)
  7. Brahimi strike gives Granada win; ESPN FC, 22 March 2014
  8. Granada 0–1 Rayo Vallecano; ESPN FC, 17 October 2014
  9. Sulayman potencia el centro del campo (Sulayman bolsters the centre of the midfield); Real Valladolid, 10 July 2017 (in Spanish)
  10. Gómez, Adrián (26 January 2018). "Iban Salvador y Sulayman Marreh abandonan el Real Valladolid". (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  11. "Vengo a ayudar al Almería para que pueda alcanzar sus objetivos esta temporada" (in Spanish). UD Almería. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  12. "Sulayman Marreh definitely moves from FC Watford to KAS Eupen". KAS Eupen. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  13. The Gambia defeated by Guinea Bissau in football friendly Archived 2014-08-14 at the Wayback Machine; Sous Le Manguier, 10 February 2011
  14. CAN 2013: Algérie 4 Gambie 1 (CAN 2013: Algeria 4 Gambia 1) Archived 2014-08-11 at the Wayback Machine; Algérie 1, 15 June 2012 (in French)
  15. "Sulayman Marreh". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  16. "Sulayman Marreh". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
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