The Sierra Leonean national team is mourning the death of their 3rd choice goalkeeper, Alhaji Dauda Conteh, who died from a short illness at the age of 25. He died at a Freetown hospital on Sunday.
Conteh had been selected for Sierra Leone’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match against Kenya last month but was forced to withdraw the night before the match after taking ill.
Confirming his death, Sierra Leone coach John Keister told BBC Sport.
“Conteh was not impressive on the last day of training because something was wrong with him,”“I even told one of my assistants about it. This forced me to drop him from the squad. We’ll surely miss him. I always liked him because he was humble and always good to be around the Leone Stars team.“He was a clever boy and had a goalkeeper’s height and good goalkeeping abilities,” Keister added.
Sierra Leonean stars all over the world have paid tribute to the young footballer.
Conteh, who is yet to be buried, was one of few educated Sierra Leonean players with a degree, having graduated from Fourah Bay College at the University of Sierra Leone. He played for three Premier League clubs in Sierra Leone – East End Lions, Kallon FC and Diamond Stars of Kono – as well as two clubs in Guinea, Fello Star de Labè and Ashanti Golden Boys de Siguiri.
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