Mustapha Dumbuya, 32, is set to continue his stay in the USA with St Petersburg Florida-based side Tampa Bay Rowdies.

USL Championship side ended last season as the 5th best Eastern Conference side, have added vital defenders to their ranks ahead of the 2020 season.

Three-time USL Championship All-League First Team selection Forrest Lasso and last season USL regular-season titleholder Mustapha Dumbuay among the players signed for the new campaign.

“Dumbuya signed on a one-year contract with a club option in 2020, pending league approval. Per club policy, further contract details were not disclosed,”the club confirmed on their website.

The former Partick Thistle defender last played for Phoenix Rising FC in the USL Championship’s Western Conference, where he won the USL regular-season title.

The Sierra Leone defender made 28 appearances as Phoenix’s first-choice right-back in a record-setting season that saw Rising FC set a league record with 78 points.

Dumbuya has had spells in England for Doncaster Rovers, Crystal Palace, Portsmouth, Crawley Town and Notts County. In Scotland, Partick Thistle and Falkirk FC.

The right-back is a Sierra Leone regular first-team player with 12 caps to his name in FIFA World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifying matches.

Position: Defender – Birthdate: 8/7/1987

Hometown: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Previous Club: Phoenix Rising FC

Height: 5’8″- Weight: 157

Dumbuya’s Rising crowned USL regular-season Champions

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