Former Sri Lanka U19 cap, Jude Suman has joined 2017 Dialog Champions League runners-up, Renown SC from Solid SC.
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The signing was confirmed by Renown SC Head Coach Mohamed Amanulla and Jude Suman himself. The signing comes just days after Renown’s captain Mohamed Rifnaz joined rivals and three-time Dialog Champions League winners, Colombo FC.
The signing of the 20-year old further solidified Renown SC’s reputation of being a team built around young players and they will be looking forward to becoming champions after finishing behind Colombo FC in the last three years. Colombo FC were reported to have been interested in signing Suman as well.
“We are always a team with young players. Jude Suman has joined as our newest player in that respect. Our expectation is to make this talented and growing player as Sri Lanka’s leading player in the future. We are expecting a great contribution from him and in the same way, he too expects to gain some benefits from our club,” Amanulla told exclusively with ThePapare.com.
“The void made by the transfer of Rifnaz will be difficult to fill. However, we will make changes in the team and he (Jude Suman) will be an important part of those changes,” he went on to add.
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Jude Suman, who hails from St. Henry’s College Jaffna, has won many championships from the age of 14. He led his school to the U17 Holcim Trophy in 2014. Later, in 2015 he was part of the team that defeated Zahira College 3-1 to win the Kotmale Chox U19 Schools’ Football Championship and in 2017 they won the U20 National Schools’ Games championship for the first time in St. Henry’s College history.
Suman, who is a brother of Sri Lanka National Team and Solid SC player Gnanaruban Vinod, has been playing for Solid SC since 2015. Therefore, it is expected that the experience he has gained at club level will add strength to Renown.
“First of all, I must be thankful to my former coach Ratnam Jusmin and Solid SC whom laid a base for my club career. My ultimate wish is to play for the National Team. I had to move to Colombo since I have been chosen for University of Sri Jayawardenapura. So, I was looking for a good team to continue playing football and finally, I chose Renown SC,” Jude Suman added.
“Renown SC’s game is different to others and it is where many young players play. They also have one of Sri Lanka’s best coaches in Mohamed Amanulla. Therefore, I chose to join with Renown with the hope of playing in a club where many young players have shone,” Suman talked about as to why he chose Renown.
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Suman like his brother, who is a graduate of University of Jaffna, excelled in studies as well as football. He obtained 1A & 2C’s in Advanced Level examination and will be doing Sports Science and Management Degree at the University of Sri Jayawardenapura.
Suman was a forward player during his school days but in 2015, while he was in the Sri Lanka U19 National Team, Head Coach Sumith Walpola trained him as a central defender, a position he has played ever since.