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Theo Weeks Joins Portugals Maritimo

By Richard Manuba
Ther Liberian Star, Theo Weeks
Ther Liberian Star, Theo Weeks

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-Liberian midfielder, Theo Weeks, 24, has moved to Portuguese top club, CS Maritimo, in a deal that will keep the footballer at the club up to 2015.

The deal, completed early September, 2013, ends the youngster’s more than 4-year span in the Turkish league, where he featured for Ankaraspor, MKE Ankaragucu and lately, Goztepe SK.

He also had a brief stint with Caykur Rizespor on loan from Ankaragucu. The player’s loan experience in the Turkish league started at Ankaraspor, who had loaned him to Ankaragucu for the 2010-2011 Season.

Mylbsonline understands that the player crossed over from Turkey to Portugal to join his new club on a free transfer after Goztepe SK had refused to renew his expired contract.

Speculations had been circling amongst the player’s fans back home (in Monrovia) that his career was faced with a big setback.

According to local media reports, the ‘defensive’ midfielder’s status in Turkish football was becoming untenable.

                                Theo Weeks’ facts:

DOB:                                    January 19, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth:                        Montserrado County, Liberia
Height:                                 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Senior National Team Debut:    2008
Appearances:                        18, Goals: 1

Weeks have assured his new club’s supporters that he joined them to contribute towards success, promising to work hard along with teammates.

Maritimo had reportedly brought in seven new players for the 2013 season and the Liberian international is said to have been the second who penned a contract with the club.

Theo becomes the second Liberian footballer to dawn the jerseys of the Portuguese top flight side, after the stint of Musa Shannon, now serving as Vice President for administration of the Liberian Football Association (LFA).

Shannon told mylbsonline: “I think it’s not only about signing a new contract, but about the prevailing challenge and experience for Theo.”

“He is young with excellent skills and talents that can earn him a good spot in Maritimo,” Shannon said.

Shannon confirmed he played a key role in encouraging the 24-year old Lonestar midfield sensation to make the move to Portugal.

According to the Liberian football administrator, he encouraged Theo to move to Portugal on grounds that the European Country was a classic destination for players’ development.

Portugal is credited for producing big-name players in the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao, among others.

“Theo’s first big challenge is to learn how to speak Portuguese as a must, if he must quickly gel with the team and fit in the pecking order.

Moreover, Maritimo is situated on Madeira Island in Portugal and on all occasions air-travel is the only means of honoring the club’s Super-Liga fixtures, a situation he should be prepared to cope with.”

“I learned the Portuguese Language under three months, having signed on with Maritimo in December, 1999,” Shannon said.

The Lonestar retired striker is famous for netting one of 3 historic goals the Lonestar hammered Ghana with in Accra. The match was part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Club Sport Marítimo, commonly known as ‘Marítimo,’ was founded in Funchal, Madeira, in 1910 and is regarded as one of the important football clubs in Portugal.

Maritimo is widely known throughout the Portuguese-speaking world, including Brazil, Angola, and Cape Verde, and is best known for its football team currently playing in the top-flight competition, the I League while its reserve team, ‘Marítimo B’, competes in the II League.

Aside football, Marítimo also has teams in other sporting disciplines competing in the national leagues, such as volleyball, handball, roller hockey and athletics. The club’s supporters are nicknamed Maritimistas.

 


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