Westmeath footballer to feature on RTE documentary

Westmeath footballer Boidu Sayeh is one of four GAA players who will be featured in a new documentary - which will be shown on RTE tonight (Thursday).

The documentary tells the unique stories of four players who were born in different countries and got involved in the GAA after emigrating to Ireland.

'New Gaels', produced by Poolbeg Productions and directed by Donald Taylor Black, airs on RTÉ One at 10.15pm tonight (September 10).

Sayeh (pictured above) played for Westmeath in the 2013 Leinster minor football final, won by a Kildare team featuring now famous actor Paul Mescal.

In 2016, Sayeh played a key role in the Rosemount team which won the Westmeath intermediate title, defeating Tubberclair in the final. He has since established himself on the county senior team.

In addition to Sayeh who was born in Monrovia, Liberia, the others who will feature on 'New Gaels' are Mayo U-21 All-Ireland winner Shairoze Akram (Haroonabad, Pakistan), Leitrim hurler Zak Moradi (Ramadi, Iraq), and Jeannine O'Brien (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo), a member of Monaleen GAA club in Limerick.

In a tweet, Sayeh said he was "really looking forward" to the programme, describing it was "a small insight of how the GAA and Ireland is changing", adding that it's "going to be a great show".

Shairoze Akram, who plays club football with Ballaghaderreen, also tweeted about the programme, saying he was "honoured to be a part of it", expressing the hope that "it promotes further diversity and encourages kids to get involved".

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