Meet our Woman crush for this week, Adama Paulina Suma.

Adama popularly known as Adama ‘Pele’ Suma is the Head coach and technical head for Mogbwemo Queens Football Club, the current champions of the first-ever Sierra Leone’s Women’s Premier League. She was also an Aviation Officer, Police Officer, Airport Screener before becoming the Coach & Technical Director for Mogbwemo Queens FC.

Mogbwemo Queens FC was crowned champions of the first-ever Sierra Leone’s Women’s Premier League which began late year. It’s the first time in the history of women’s football in the West African country for the league to be elevated to the status of the men’s.
The Rutile-based team won the title after registering a 1-0 win against the Correctional Service at home on Friday, March 31, 2023. The team won the league with 55 points after 22 matches; one loss, 5 draws, and 17 wins leading their harsh rival Kahunla Queens by 6 points.

During her prime, she was a former female footballer who played for teams like Amazon FC, Sierra Leone Police Female FC. She got nicknamed ‘Pele’ as she was said to be good on the pitch with her feet. Her dribbling skill got likened to that of the legendary football magician – Pele. She said in an interview with Ellen Kiester that people called her a ‘younger version of Musu Pele’, a popular female footballer in the country, as her style looks like Musu’s; who is also her role model.

Despite the shortcoming and hurdles that came into the world of female footballer’s world, Adama gave her team all that is needed to achieve a great feat, and the team didn’t fail to honour her efforts with their success. This feat in turn has helped Adama achieve her aim at encouraging other females in the country, who have interest in football but are pulling themselves back due to the lack of platforms to showcase their talents or due to other disadvantages pulling females down.

Adama wish to give as much opportunity to the women of the country as much as she couldn’t enjoy during her time on the field. She motivates other veterans to contribute their quota to the female football community, which in turn give opportunity to the upcoming generations to do more than they (veterans) did during their time, thereby making the country and everyone proud on the long run.