Malmo striker Mohamed Buja Toure missed his own wedding after the club asked him to join the squad earlier.
The 27-year-old has signed for Sweden after playing in the Chinese Super League at Hebei China Fortune and Henan Songshan Longmen.
Malmo announced the transfer on July 22 after traveling to the city, but his wedding in Sierra Leone is said to have taken place on July 21.
Malmo wanted him to get in touch with his teammates soon as he couldn’t be in two places at the same time and Toure had to have his brother take his place at his wedding to girlfriend Suad Baydoun.
🌟🐐🦁🇸🇱 I married my love, wife and my best friend today! ! ! What an amazing human being! ! ! How happy! ! ! Mrs SBT 💞💍 Suad Baydoun
I can’t wait to enjoy life soboti with you 😃🤦🏾♂️. pic.twitter.com/nEw4siV0QF
— Mohamed Buya Turay 🇸🇱 (@turay_buya) July 31, 2022
Toure did post three photos of him and his new wife on his social media channels, but confirmed they were taken before the actual event.
Mohamed Buya Turay missed his own wedding because Malmö FF wanted him to join the team soon;
“We took pictures beforehand. So it looked like I was there, but I wasn’t. My brother had to represent me at the wedding.” pic.twitter.com/TeSIxE6zVm
— 🇸🇪 (@SwedeStats) August 5, 2022
However, he hasn’t actually been with his wife since they were officially married, and they hope to have their honeymoon later this year.
“We got married in Sierra Leone on July 21,” Toure told Afton Bright.
“But I wasn’t there because Malmo asked me to come here earlier.
We took pictures in advance. So it looks like I’m there, but I’m not. My brother had to represent me at the wedding itself.
“But I will now try to bring her to Sweden and Malmö so she can be close to me. She will live here with me.”
Toure made his Europa League debut for Malmo on Thursday, coming off the bench in a 3-0 win over Dideron.
He has experience playing in Sweden, having won the Allsvenskan in 2019 while on loan at Djurgårdens IF, he is also the league’s top scorer.
Toure, who has a young daughter in a previous relationship, made headlines a few years ago by claiming that his injury at the international level was the result of black magic following his Golden Boot victory.
“The local doctor told me that the reason for my toe injury was because I stepped on a spiritual object at the Leone Stars camp that was put there for me by someone who wanted me to have elephantiasis and ruin my career,” he told BBC.
“She further told me that if I went to the hospital for treatment or used traditional medicines to try and heal the toe my career would end.”