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Dumbuya Misses Out on International Debut

After some thorough research the fanzine has discovered that unfortunately Mustapha Dumbuya did not feature for Sierra Leone in the African Cup of Nations 1st round match against Sao Tome & Principe at the weekend. The match, played in Freetown on Saturday, finished 4-2 to Sierra Leone, giving them a 5-4 win on aggregate, but further details on the game had been hard to come by following a media blackout of the match.

Journalists in Freetown had been told by the local government that they would have to pay to enter the stadium and cover the fixture; as such the Leone media duly elected to boycott the fixture meaning that the only information available to the wider world is the timing of the goals. However, thanks to a couple of friendly enquiries, and the wonder of Twitter, we’ve been able to ascertain from someone present at the match that unfortunately Mustapha Dumbuya did not make his long awaited debut for Sierra Leone.

From the bench or the stands Dumbuya will have seen the Islanders of Sao Tome & principe take a surprise lead after just thirty seconds of the game through Jair Nunes. However the Leone Stars hit back with four first half goals in a twenty-three minute spell; Kei Kamura and Ibrahim Bangura both scoring a brace to secure a 5-3 aggregate advantage at the break. Sao Tome pulled another goal back after the break through Jose da Silva Varela to set up a nervy end to the game, not helped when Kamara had a goal ruled out for offside with twenty minutes to go, but eventually Sierra Leone held on to secure a passage to the 2nd round.

Thanks to Steve of Mirko Bolesan for his help.

Hopefully, Dumbuya’s willingness to travel to Freetown and keeness to be involved in the international set-up will see him feature in Sierra Leone’s future internationals.

Dumbuya Earns Sierra Leone Call-Up

It looks like fanzine favourite Mustapha Dumbuya will finally achieve his aim of representing his country having been called up to the Sierra Leone squad for the country’s current bout of African Nations’ Cup qualifying games.

Dumbuya was named in the Sierra Leone squad for all three of the nation’s June fixtures – against the Cape Verde Islands, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe – but having fallen ill on return from a recent holiday Dumbuya has unfortunately had to miss the first two fixtures. It was beginning to feel as though things were conspiring to prevent the full-back making an international appearance; back in February Dumbuya received his first call-up to the Leone Stars’ squad, again for a game with Sao Tome and Principe, but unfortunately the Sierra Leone FA mistakenly sent his papers to Crystal Palace where he had recently been on loan and so he was unable to make his flight out to join the squad.

Thankfully though it seems Dumbuya finally will run out for his country in Freetown, as he gets set to join the squad ahead of this Saturday’s return fixture with the brilliantly nicknamed ‘Falcons and True Parrots’. Speaking to the Rovers Offical website Dumbuya said “It feels amazing. To be representing your country makes you feel really proud, I just can’t wait to get out there and play.”