Sierra Leone Mourns Former International Midfielder

Former Sierra Leone International, Mamadu Alphajor Bah has died at the Emergency Hospital in Freetown after involving in a fatal accident on Wednesday, September 21 and has been buried.

The crash happened along the Goderich Road when a truck coming from the opposite direction ran into the car that the former Sierra Leone international was driving. Alphajor got stuck in the ruins of the car and could not be removed for several minutes even though there were many helpers at the scene to rescue him. The car had to be chopped to remove the almost lifeless former international, who was immediately taken to the Emergency hospital where he died from excessive loss of blood less than an hour later.

Alphajor Bah played more than 50 times for Sierra Leone (at all levels) and played for local club, Mighty Blackpool before playing abroad for clubs like KSC Lokoren of Belgium, Chunnam Dragons(South Korea), Xiamen LanshiZhejiang Lucheng (China) and Halmstad BK (Sweden).

Alphajor who returned from the United States after a month and three weeks stay, posted on his Facebook wall shortly before leaving the United States for Freetown on August 16:

“Asalamu alaikum to everyone. I’m leaving from Washington Dulles International Airport flight AF 0027 for Freetown. Thanks to all those who helped me out in America. Tonny Flexx may God bless u and ur family. Sorry I didn't make it to ur wedding in 4 days’ time, but u have my blessings. Fatmata Jarai Bah my sister thank u for showing me around Atlanta Georgia taking me to CNN center. Mohamed Lamin Mansaray of Philadelphia I appreciate u so much. In shaa Allah I will see u guys next summer, but along d line if I die, plz pray for me so dat Allah will forgive my sins and expand my grave. Swad Bundu my other sister thank u so much. I miss u all”.

Tributes have been pouring in for the late midfielder and FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino said in a letter to the FA President: “I was sad to hear of the passing away of the former Sierra Leone striker and legend, Mamadu Alphajor Bah (Gazza) who died in a road accident in Freetown last Wednesday. Please accept my deepest condolences. On behalf of the members of the international football community, I should be grateful if you could also extend our condolences to his family and loved ones. We hope that in some ways, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness”.

The Sierra Leone Football Association President, Madam Isha Johansen has this to say about the player: “You came to our home some few years back and as you bade farewell, the words that both my husband and I uttered instinctively was, "what a humble and likeable young man." I guess that summed you up. Simple talented homeboy, made the best of his God given talent. But beyond that Alphajor, you gave back to your country with pride and honor. So like we do to all our national heroes, we salute you Alphajor Bah. Thanks for the memories and thank you for the national pride. Gone too soon but rest in peace”.

Ex-captain of the Sierra Leone national team and a former teammate of Bah, Mohamed Kallon describes the death as a great loss. "I am still in shock and deeply saddened by the loss of our friend, brother and father Mamadu Alphajor Bah. He was an outstanding footballer, a great team-mate, very committed and hardworking, always fun to be around. It's a big loss and we'll surely miss him."

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