Mohammed Buya Turay, a Sierra Leonean footballer, had his brother represent him in his own wedding on July 21 this year.
Buya, 27, was forced to miss his wedding and have his brother stand in for him as the groom after a Swedish club that had signed him asked him to join the club early enough so that he could bond with his team mates.
He was forced to travel to Sweden and was unveiled as Malmo’s player on July 22. The wedding took place back in Sweden.
“We got married on July 21 in Sierra Leone. But I wasn’t there because Malmö asked me to come here earlier,” the footballer told AftonBladet.
Since the wedding, the footballer has not met his wife but plans are underway to have her relocate to Malmo after which they will proceed to a honeymoon.
“But I will try to get her to Sweden and Malmö now so she can be close to me. She will live here with me. First, we are going to win the league, and then I will go on a honeymoon,” he added.
Buya shared on social media his pictures together with his wife Suad Baydoun in wedding attires. He admitted that they were not taken on the actual wedding day.
“We took the picture beforehand, so it looks like I was there, but I was not. My brother got to represent me at the actual wedding,” he said.
Before joining Malmo, the footballer spent two seasons in the Chinese Super League, playing for Hebei China Fortune and Henan Songshan Longmen.
On Thursday, he made his debut in the Europa league by helping Malmo garner 3 goals against Diddeleng.
The footballer, who plays the forward position for his country’s national team, is however not new to controversies. In 2019, he made headlines when he claimed that an injury he had suffered while on international duty resulted from dark powers after his golden boot win.
“The native doctor told me the cause of the toe injury was because I stepped on a spiritual object in Leone Stars camp, put there for me by a person who wanted me to get elephantiasis thereby destroying my career. She further told me that if I had gone to the hospital for treatment or had used conventional medicine to try and heal the toe that would have ended my career,” he told BBC.