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Mustapha Dumbuya

Mustapha Dumbuya Professional footballer

Professional footballer
Mustapha Dumbuya
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From United Kingdom
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Birth 7 August 1987, Freetown
Age: 32 years
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Mustapha Sima Michael Dumbuya (born 7 August 1987) is a Sierra Leonean professional footballer who plays as a defender for Scottish Premiership club Partick Thistle.

Early life

Born in Sierra Leone in west Africa, Dumbuya was five years old when, amid the Sierra Leone Civil War, he moved to England to live with his mother and brother. Dumbuya's father remained in Sierra Leone and, according to Dumbuya in 2012, works for Sierra Leone's armed forces.

Club career


Dumbuya started his career in the English non-League circuit. He began with Wingate & Finchley before moving on to Conference South side Maidenhead United. In 2008 he joined Isthmian League team Potters Bar Town making 17 appearances and scoring one goal in his season with "The Scholars".

Doncaster Rovers

Dumbuya joined Doncaster Rovers in August 2009 from Potters Bar Town. He also had trials and trained with Grays Athletic, Gillingham, Hereford United and Fulham before joining Doncaster. He made his Football League debut on 3 October 2009 for Doncaster Rovers in the 1–1 away draw with Sheffield United, replacing John Spicer in the 90th minute as a substitute. In his three seasons at the Keepmoat Stadium he made 36 appearances without scoring. He was signed by Sean O'Driscoll and played 3 games in his first season (2009–10). The next season he played regularly in the first team making 23 appearances. In September 2011 Doncaster sacked O'Driscoll and replaced him with then Wrexham manager Dean Saunders. Dumbuya made just 10 appearances for Saunders in the 2011–12 Championship season. At the end of the season, Doncaster were relegated to the League One after a 4–2 home defeat to Portsmouth, and he was released shortly after.

Crystal Palace (loan)

On 6 January 2012, Dumbuya signed on loan to Crystal Palace, on a one-month deal. He received the No. 41 jersey, and made his debut in the following day, against Derby County. On 14 January, Dumbuya made his league debut, against Leeds United. He only made one more appearance against Blackpool before returning to Doncaster.


In June 2012 it was announced that Dumbuya joined Portsmouth on trial. Due to "Pompey" not being able to sign any players as they could not afford the wages he could only train with the blues and not sign. He was one of over twenty other footballers who were on trial with the club. Dumbuya played in pre-season matches in Spain and Gibraltar. He took part in the two matches played out there. The first game he took part in was in a 4–0 loss to the Gibraltar National Football Team and the second was against Brighton & Hove Albion. Back in England Dumbuya played in a further three pre-season matches in wins against Bolton at Fratton Park and two matches away from home against Aldershot Town and AFC Wimbledon. On 16 August, Dumbuya signed a one-month contract with Portsmouth. He made his debut in a 1–1 draw at home to Bournemouth in League One. During his first month at Fratton Park he impressed and gained the respect of the fans with some great performances, including a fantastic solo run in a game against Colchester United dashing from his own box to the opposition setting up Jordan Obita for Portsmouth to pick up a 90th-minute equaliser. He was released alongside four players on 15 January 2013.

Crawley Town

After his release from Portsmouth, Dumbuya joined fellow League One side Crawley Town a week later on 22 January 2013, on a six-month contract. He made his debut on 2 February, against Swindon Town.

Notts County

On 2 July 2013 Dumbuya agreed a two-year contract with Notts County.

Partick Thistle

Dumbuya signed for Scottish Premiership team Partick Thistle on 2 September 2015, on a one-year contract. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 win over Dundee United. On 15 of December 2015, Dumbuya signed a new two-year contract extension, which will keep him with Partick Thistle until 2018. He had won the club's Player of The Month award earlier that day.

International career

Dumbuya was called up to the Sierra Leone squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against São Tomé and Príncipe, however a mix up with tickets meant it was too late for him to join up with the squad. Dumbuya said; "Obviously I’m a bit gutted to miss out but the next qualifier is in June and I hope to be called up again then." He was called up again in August 2012 for the qualifier against Tunisia.

On 14 October, he finally made his debut for Leone Stars, in the second tie against Tunisia.

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