Former Leone Stars skipper Mohamed Kallon has praised the Sierra Leone goalkeeper Alhaji Dauda Conteh who passed away on Sunday.
Media reports indicate that the Guinea-based goalee who played for Ashanti Golden Boys de Siguiri passed away in a hospital in Freetown at the tender age of 25.
The Leone Stars legend scouted the keeper to join his team, FC Kallon some years ago and described the goalkeeper as ambitious.
Coach John Keister included the keeper as part of the Leone Stars 18-man squad for their 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya last month.
However, he dropped out the night before the match due to poor health and the country is mourning his death.
“He graduated from college and he was working whilst playing for FC Kallon,” said Kallon to the BBC.
“He was a talented goalkeeper and it is a great loss for Sierra Leone. May his soul rest in Peace. We love him but Allah loves him most.”
Furthermore, current national team skipper, Umaru Bangura, also paid his condolences after hearing the news of Conteh’s death.
“We’ve lost a good goalkeeper. We were with him in camp last month when preparing for our match against Kenya. We’ll miss him. Rest in peace Conteh,” adds Bangura.
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.
It is reported that Conteh 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.