Sierra Leone football legend Lamin Junior Tumbu Conteh, one of the greatest players of all time to have come out of the West African nation, has died after a short illness.

Lamin, who was recently part of the Leone Stars technical support during the AFCON in Cameroon, died at the Kenema government hospital at around 1 am on Thursday.

Conteh, 46, was well-loved amongst all ages during and after his playing days. The attacking midfielder represented the Sierra Leone national team between 1994 and 2008 and was widely considered the most talented and most popular Sierra Leonean footballer in the 1990s and early 2000s. 

He was a talented dribbler, and at the age of 18, Conteh was part of Sierra Leone in the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations held in Tunisia. He was instrumental for the Leone Stars when they qualified for the Afcon in South Africa.

In Europe, he played for clubs like Beerschot VAC, SV Meppen BoavistaVarzim

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