In mid-June, Faal Suntu, the wife of Žilina football player Momodou Ceesay, gave birth to their first child in Trstená’s maternity hospital. Ceesay, 22, from Gambia, came to the Žilina football club last year from the Belgian KWC Westerlo. Before that, he played in Zurich and Chelsea. It was partially because of his skills that Žilina upset Sparta Prague in the Champions’ League.
The baby, delivered by Caesarean section, was 48 centimetres long and weighed 2,900 grams. Faal told the Sme daily that a friend of her husband recommended the obstetrics department in Trstená. “Although I speak only English, I was able to communicate with the medical staff,” Faal said. A nurse said that the first Slovak words that Faal learned were “bolí/it hurts” and “ďakujem/thank you”.
The African couple are enjoying life in Slovakia. Momodou says Slovaks are friendly and there are no problems due to differences in race or religion. After winding up his career, he plans to return to Africa. “I can do a lot of things there, to help young players develop,” Momodou explained. As to Slovak food, he has tried halušky and goulash. “I liked goulash,” he specified. He had no comment on halušky. The couple would like to have one more daughter and one son. Faal said she would have no problem giving birth to her next child in Trstená.
8. Aug 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská