Dumbuya set to face former club Phoenix Rising in USL final

Dumbuya set to face former club Phoenix Rising in USL final

  • Tampa Bay Rowdies defender Mustapha Dumbuya could return to face his former club Phoenix Rising FC in USL final on Sunday.
  • The 2020 Eastern Conference Champions will take on Phoenix Rising FC in USL final on 1st November at the Al Lang Stadium.

The contest is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be aired live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Sirius XM FC.

Right-back, Dumbuya, 33, who won Western Conference Championship with Phoenix Rising FC last season, could be in contention after recovering from a minor injury.

He was part of Rising’s record-setting season when the amassed 78 points a league record.

“I was injured, but I am fully fit again. The team has been playing well,” Dumbuya confirmed he is in line to play.

Rising FC earned the USL Championship Regular Season Title on September 29, 2019, after playing New Mexico United to a 2–2 draw.

Having won a Western Conference Championship just two years ago, Rising will face a tough task against Rowdies, who have been in solid form all season.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay Rowdies announced on Friday that Head Coach Neill Collins and two others unnamed have tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday’s USL Championship Final.

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Impressive Sierra Stars shine in six-goal thriller

Impressive Sierra Stars shine in six-goal thriller

Sierra Leone’s U-17 team, Sierra Stars proved too strong as they thrashed Discoveries Academy U17 side 5-1 on Thursday in Liberia.

Before their impressive victory, Sierra Stars defeat their Liberian counterpart 3-2 in the first friendly encounter on Tuesday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

Under the supervision of head coach Raymond Lewis, the youngsters demonstrated passion and resilient with a brace from skipper Alimamy Kamara 4th and 15th minute, goals from Lansana Kallon, David Kamara and Alpha Turay en-route to a big friendly win.

There was a consolation goal for the Discoveries FC.

Both matches are groundwork in readiness for the WAFU tournament, expected to be hosted in Sierra Leone in December 2020.

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Victor Osimhen, Musa & Etebo in Nigeria squad for Sierra Leone

Victor Osimhen, Musa & Etebo in Nigeria squad for Sierra Leone

Nigeria German technician, Gernot Rohr, has named Super Eagles top poacher Victor Osimhen for Sierra Leone cracker.

Other notable inclusions are skipper Ahmed Musa, defender William Ekong, midfield enforcer Oghenekaro Etebo, Joseph Ayodele-Aribo and South Africa –based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi also made Rohr selection.

Next month’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers will be matchday three and four of the race to Cameroon.

The contest will be played at the newly refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City 13th November with the reverse fixture in Freetown 17th November at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.

The NFF says there are seven players on standby, including defender Abdullahi Shehu, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, midfielders Ramon Azeez and Samson Tijani, and forward Paul Onuachu.

Players are expected to report at the Protea Hotel Emotan in Benin City on Monday 9th November.

The Super Eagles are leading Group L after their opening two victories against Benin and Lesotho. The Squirrels of the Benin Republic standing second followed by Lesotho.

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Striker Kei Kamara set for u-turn on Sierra Leone future

Striker Kei Kamara set for u-turn on Sierra Leone future

  • Minnesota United striker Kei Kamara has not ruled out a Sierra Leone return ahead of Nigeria doubleheader, Football Sierra Leone understands.
  • Kamara, 36, scored a brilliant goal against Liberia during the second leg time of the 2022 World Cup qualifier in Freetown last September.

The Major League soccer veteran announced an unexpected retirement on the eve of the African Cup of Nations closed doors 1-1 opener against Lesotho in November 2019.

At the time the fifth all-time MLS top scorer says several factors have influenced his decision, despite family and colleagues tried talking him out of his decision.

But, according to close friends, Kamara is ready to make a U-turn and give his best to the Leone Stars.

The Leone Stars will travel to Nigeria next month to honour matchday three of the African Cup of Nations qualifier before hosting the three-time African Champions in Freetown. 

Several reports have indicated that the Nigeria Football Federation has picked Benin City, the Samuel Ogbenudia Stadium as a potential host.

As at the time of this publication, Kei Kamara is unavailable to comments.

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Sierra Leone’s skipper Umaru Bangura gets Covid-19 all-clear

Sierra Leone’s skipper Umaru Bangura gets Covid-19 all-clear

  • FC Zurich defender, Bangura, 33, has departed Niger after being given the all-clear following ten days in self-isolation.
  • Sierra Leone skipper Umaru Bangura, who was diagnosed alongside two others in Niger during Leone Stars friendly test, has recovered from the disease.

His initial diagnosis was confirmed on Wednesday, October 14th. However, on Thursday 22nd, Football Sierra Leone understands that two other tests have been negative.

The Sierra Leone Football Association confirmed the initial positive test news of Bangura, fitness Coach Philli Kor and Head of Communications for the National Sports Authority, Eric Batilo Fomba.

Since then, it is not clear what the situation of the other two as there has been no update from the Sports Ministery or the SLFA.

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FC Zurich defender Bangura, two others test positive for Covid-19 in Niger