Tributes have continued to pour across the world amongst Sierra Leoneans for former Sierra Leone striker and Legend Alphajoh ‘Gazza’ Bah who reportedly died in a gruesome road accident along the Goderich Road in Freetown on Wednesday.
The Sierra Leone football fraternity has been thrown into mourning following the sudden death of another Leone Stars hero.
His former teammates, Paul Augustine Kpaka, Mohamed Kallon, and Ibrahim Obreh Kargbo were among those saddened by his passing after it was confirmed last night.
This is so sad another brother is gone.
“Rest in Peace Mamadu Alphajoh Bah aka Gazza,” Paul Kpaka posted on his official facebook page as he pays tribute to his former teammate and eulogised the departed Brother.
“A Fantastic footballer, a great teammate, hard working, brutally honest, and always funny but above all God fearing. Your passion for football was infectious. I genuinely admired your courage to speak the truth even when it meant you made other people very uncomfortable. You were a man of principle. A born fighter as you’ll always say.
“I remember you carrying your pocket size Holy Quran always with you praying diligently before every flight especially when travelling to play away games. You always emphasised life was too short. How prophetic that looks now in your own words?
“You wore your Islamic religion proudly on your chest. And your belief in Allah Almighty kept some of us safe and comforted when in your company. You don’t deserve such an untimely death. And the manner of your loss is deeply depressing.
Allah knows best. Your fear of the Almighty on earth will keep you safe forever and ever.
Take you rest son. Until we meet again. Inshallah!!!
Former Leone Stars skipper and Inter Milan striker Mohamed Kallon who scored the winning goal for Sierra Leone in a 2-1 over Burkina Faso during the 1996 Nations Cup in South Africa also expressed his sadness about the untimely loss.
“OMG, I can’t stop crying. Wow, it’s unbelievable we spoke one hour before the incident. May Allah grant him ALJANAH.
“RIP BRO. ALPHAJOR BAH (GAZZA).”
Another Leone Stars legend Ibrahim Obreh Kargbo, also wrote: “It’s a shock to say that my brother is gone, it is like a dream. You’re gone but you’ll always have a special place in my heart.
“We love you but Allah loves you more. We used to talk every single day and believe in me he will always say “brother I’ll call you back let me go and pray “. He was a good brother and a family man.
“Rest in peace brother until we meet again.”
Soccer pundit and founder of this medium, Alie Ahmed Bittar, also wrote: “I can’t believe it. Gazza is such a nice person, I am in shock, our brother is gone.
“May His Soul Forever Rest In Peace. We Will Miss You, Brother.”
Bah, 39, made 35 appearances for Leone Stars and his previous clubs include Halmstads BK in Sweden, KSC Lokeren in Belgium, Chunnam Dragons in South Korea, Xiamen Lanshi and Zhejiang Lücheng in China, Al-Qadisiya in Saudi Arabia, and Perlis FA in Malaysia.