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Just received message that he is dead. Can anyone confirm? 
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I have just received a call from a reliable source confirming the death of  King Kama Dumbuya.  This is a great loss to Sierra Leone.  

King Kama was arguably the best striker that Sierra Leone ever produced.  He had a lengthy playing career during which time he scored many goals for the national team.  May his soul rest in perfect peace.
RIP King Kama
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RIP King Kama
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RIP King Kama
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Thanks, Footballer, for helping to confirm this! I also checked other social media sites and people are discussing this national loss. Something, however, that surprises me the most is when our "good samaritans" are now calling for the government to give KD a state funeral and others are asking for donations for his funeral. The issue pertaining for a state funeral is beyond my pay grade but donating funds for his funeral when the old man could have used the money is pathetic.  
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I never saw him play but heard and read about what a great player he was. May his soul rest in peace.
Oh Salone!
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It's indeed sad that in Sierra Leone, people with great talents never enjoy the financial benefits that usually accompany such natural gifts.

Had Kama Dumbuya grown up in a country where man's talent is asset, he would have had a life much well lived and spent.   Alas, all he had was a life of "Suck air", no-light, no-water, no food, no money to pay rent, living in a shanty town (probably Kroo-Bay), the list goes on and on.  
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"The issue pertaining for a state funeral is beyond my pay grade but donating funds for his funeral when the old man could have used the money is pathetic."  KL

@ KL, good points.  I think the blame is on all of us.  If a fund has been established for national heroes like King Kama, these guys would have benefited from such initiatives before their death.   King Kama transcended ethnicity and politics.  He brought a lot of smiles to our faces during his playing days.  A relentless striker he was, spearheading the Leone Stars attack in the late 1960s well into the 1970s.  I think the stadium in Freetown should be renamed the Kama Dumbuya stadium in honor of this illustrious national hero.  RIP King Kama Dumbuya.

@ DMK, Kama Dumbuya was the ultimate striker in his days.  He was to Sierra Leone what Cristiano Ronaldo is to Portugal or Lionel Messi is to Argentina.  The guy was unstoppable in his days.
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"I think the stadium in Freetown should be renamed the Kama Dumbuya stadium in honor of this illustrious national hero."  (Footballer)

Good idea, man!
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@Footballer, thank you for the update. It's good to hear about some of our footballing heroes from the past. Any info on some of the other legends from the 1980's? The likes of Dyfan, Rimete Suma (probably not correct spelling of name but he was a goalkeeper), Atuga (RIP I believe?), Mazzola, Toby, Alusine Terry, Tibati, Atto Mensa, Awuah, Testao (again not sure how to spell the name) etc.
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@ DMK,

Ishmael Dyfan of East End Lions and Leone Stars fame died several years ago in Boston, USA.     Some have argued that he was Salone‚Äôs best striker ever.

Remete Suma, I am not sure if he is alive or dead. 

Brima Atouga Kamara died several years ago.

Brima Mazzola Kamara is the Vice President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).  He lives in Freetown.

Joseph Toby  should be living in Freetown.

Alusine Terry of Mighty Backpool and Bombali fame lives in England.     

 Ato Mensah lives in the Netherlands.  He was appointed assistant coach of a second division Chinese football club last year. 

 Awuah should be living in Ghana. 

I am not sure about Tibati and Testao


Unfortunately, we have lost many Leone Stars players of the 1970s and 1980s.  Among them are:   Amadu Kargbo, Manneh Peters, Bubba Kamara, Ade Swarray, Abioseh Manning, Brima Police, Michael Effiong, Mohamed Sama, Unisa Bangura,  Aki Noah and Samuel Sanu.  Sanu passed away two weeks ago in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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Can someone please get be a a family contact for this great man so I
Can donate towards his funeral please?
Spectator 007
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King Kama was a formidable striker...a major threat to the teams I supported. I kept on abandoning teams until I could fine one that could stand up to Mighty Blackoool for a sustained period of time.

May his soul rest In Peace
Kabs kanu
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Footballer, please give me credit for my Kama Dumbuya photos.
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@ Kabs Kanu, I didn't post those photos.  Please look at the monikers that posted them.

@ Specky, the danger of King Kama as the quintessential striker was only countered in the mid 1970s by the emergence of Ishmael Dyfan of East End Lions.  The argument as to who between the two was the better striker will never be concluded.   Dyfan's early days were tremendously helped by his striking partner, William Domingo Sango AKA Doma Doma.  Doma Doma died in 1976.
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Footballer, I am a diehard American football fan and KD and ID reminds me of both Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders, respectively.  While both of them are better players than arguably the rest, KD, as compared to Jerry Rice, got the job done well without much fanfare. ID, like Deion Sanders, are very stylistic with so much showmanship and do not have to score a goal to get the fans on their feet. 
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Meant to write...ID, like Deion Sanders, is very....
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I was thinking along similar lines.  King Kama was a power striker, similar to what in baseball is called a power hitter.  Dyfan, on the other hand, played more with style and flair.

I have this image of King Kama on my mind being angry and mean-looking on the field until he strikes the ball so hard that the opposing goalkeeper will be wondering at what had just happened.

Growing up and listening Leone Stars games on radio, all of a sudden you will hear.......
And Leone Stars have equalized.  King Kama has done it again!!! Or Leone Stars have taken the lead with a powerful shot from Kama Dumbuya..  Interesting days.

But I like the analogy with Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.  Sanders never played for my team, Big Blue, but I was a big fan of his.
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Haha! Finally a BIG blue fan in the house. That makes two of us.

Do you remember the tall, very tall, Nigerian goal keeper back in the late 70s, Okala, may be his name? Remember how KD scored on him?
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I remember Emmanuel Okala very well.  He stood at either 6ft. 6in or 6ft. 7in.  This was in the mid to late 1970s when he arrived in Freetown with the Nigerian national team then called the Green Eagles.

The Salone media ran stories about Okala's inability to dive on the ground to make saves.  Kama was very determined to test that.  The game was played at the Association grounds in KingTom.  Once the game started, Kama released a heavy shot on the ground that all thought was headed for the goal.  We were all surprised at how Okala dived and made that save.  Kama stood for a while shaking his head.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw with Kama scoring for Leone Stars.
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Exactly so he was perceived as lacking the ability to protect the goal against ground balls. Those were the days, man. The last football match I watched at the then new Siaka Stevens Stadium was between Sierra Leone and Liberia. The Liberian guys, probably out of jealousy or after they were manhandled ,  pooped all over the locker room or guest rooms I am not sure. 

Meanwhile, what do you suggest Sierra Leone must do to get the fans back to support national league?
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"...what do you suggest Sierra Leone must do to get the fans back to support the national league"  KL


Difficult question.  First, many of the fans of today did not see the national league at its peak in the 1970s and 1980s.  Thus, they do not miss it.  Second, the implication of the obsession with European football is not only social but also economic.  Folks are making a bundle showing European football on television sets in the big cities of Freetown, Bo, Kenema and Makeni.  If you have a bar and a big screen TV in any of these cities, you are in money.  Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the days that you will make millions of Leones.  I have a friend in that business.  He does not need to leave Salone for greener pastures.

But I believe that if the Ministry of Sports and SLFA could launch a big campaign with promises of incentives to folks who show up at national league games, maybe there will be a turnaround.  

Africa as a whole is now obsessed with European football to the detriment of local leagues.  Shame.
Spectator 007
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@Footballer: I first watched Dyfan and Domingo play in a match against Blackpool..circa late 1974-early 1975 at Kingtom. I think it was an FA cup game.

The duo destroyed Blackpool. Score ended in something like 3-0, astonishing most fans on the field. ID was a teenager in the third or fourth form at the time. No more than 17 years old.

They played very well together. Looking back they remind me of Romario and Bebeto of the 1994 Brazilian World Cup team.
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Yes. Dyfan and Domingo played very well together.  They complemented each other very well.  

I also remember a game they played against Blackpool at the Association grounds.  The game was headed for a draw when all of the sudden through the good teamwork of Dyfan and Domingo, Dyfan scored two goals in two minutes.  A fantastic duo they were.
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"But I believe that if the Ministry of Sports and SLFA could launch a big campaign with promises of incentives to folks who show up at national league games, maybe there will be a turnaround."

Good point but probably one of the reasons fans are not showing up is because of the lack of basic infrastructure. The organizational structure is not without corruption which breeds all kinds of problems for the league. 
Musa Kenema
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Sorry Kabs I did post those pics and I acknowledge that they are yours.
Musa Kenema
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Way back in those days we used to segment footballers into EFFORT and GIFTED.

Effort footballers were those who used to work very hard to stay in the race, they have no competitive edge over other footballers and were very instrumental in filling out voids. In other words they are made footballers who strived to acquire the talent. 

On the other hand Gifted footballers were those born with the talent. They did not require any effort since they have in-built talent which can be utilized or retrieved any day , any second or any minute. These kind of players had what we referred to as 'pitch presence' and that gave them a huge competitive edge over other players. They were few and are born once or twice in a century.

While Ishmael Dyfan fitted well into the second segment, Kama Dumbuya fitted into both.

Dyfan used to sit on his oars or bask in past glories. He used to display some momentary acts of arrogance that never went well with his coaches in EE Lions and MBHS. I never thought he loved football since he decides when to play and sometimes wait to be importuned by his coaches. The good things about Dyfan were his stylistic innovations which were prevalent among his generation. 

In stark contrast Kama liked football so much that he hardly turned up late for practice sessions and was very hardworking too. He possessed incredible skills and stamina responsible for his unprecedented goal-getting finesse and frequencies in most matches be they local or international.
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Good points.  I don't know when was the last time you visited Salone.  But they now have what they call community/area leagues.  These leagues are held at the Parade grounds and other less important fields in the Eastend of town.  You would have to go to these places early on match days to be able to watch a game.  That tells you how the games would be jam packed.  

So since you are talking about infrastructure, what would you say about places like Parade grounds with their shabby structures?
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I hardly visit Sierra Leone these days but I attended one of those games at the Approved School field in Wellington four years ago and "shabby structure" is an understatement. The playing field is like a quarry near the hills of Upgun. Besides,  people enjoyed the side shows more than the game itself.  Drinking and womanizing were more important to spectators.  Lol. 

But like I said earlier,  more work has to be done to improve participation and love for the game. I think they neighborhood leagues are a very good start.  They just need to be brought under one umbrella by a real capitalist. Are you interested? 
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