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Military and ex-football hero Kabba China laid to rest in Sierra Leone

Military and ex-football hero Kabba China laid to rest in Sierra Leone

Ex-Leone Stars, Mighty Blackpool and military hero, Kabba Kamara, fondly known as Kabba China who passed away on Tuesday 26th February 2013 at the 34 Military Hospital after a short illness will be buried today Thursday 14th March 2013 at the Military War Graves at Regent Road, Lumley after a funeral service at the Faith Assembly of God Church, Bath Street, Brookfeilds.

The mortal remains of the late Kabba China will be conveyed to the National Stadium 11:30 p.m. after a laying out at his residence in Lumley.  Thousands of fans and football loving Sierra Leoneans are expected to pay their last respects to the late Kabba China, a legendary footballer and military hero who played a heroic roll for Mighty Blackpool FC, Sierra Leone’s national team Leone Stars and served the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces for 32 years as RSM 18161861 and could also be remembered for his gallantry in the 11 years civil war.

Kabba China, aged 66 was born in Lumley and attended the Lumley Rural Primary school now called S.O.S., Juba Municipal Primary School, Bishop Johnson Secondary School, and later studied mechanical engineering at the Freetown Trade Centre.

Kabba China played for Brookfield’s United, Western Rangers, Mighty Blackpool and Leone Stars.  He was part of the Mighty Blackpool squad that won the National 1st Division league for 5 consecutive seasons, and was also part of the Leone Stars squad that went to China where he featured in 7 of Leone stars’ 8 international friendly matches and scored 8 goals – a success that earned him the nickname “Kabba China” in 1974.

He served as coach for various clubs such as Golf Leopards, Regent Olympic, Giant FC, Goderich FC, Mighty Blackpool and Real Mack FC.  He was Team Manager of the Retired National Football Heroes until the time of his death and he was in preparation for their next ECOWAS veteran competition in April 2013 in Senegal.

“Kabba Kamara was a gallant soldier who served the nation for over three decades with dedication and patriotism”, Defense Minister Paolo Conteh said.

His colleague at Mighty Blackpool, Leone Stars and the ex-footballers union, Chairman Umaru Deen Sesay said Kabba China was a disciplined, humble and phenomenal personality who is without blemish.

Pastor-David Coker revealed to this press that Kabba Kamara was a devoted Christian who always put God Almighty above all else.

Kabba Kamara’s son Raymond who is currently in town from Australia said father was a humble man who always cared for them and that his death leaves an indelible mark that will never be forgotten.

Kabba Kamara leaves beind his wife Madam Onikeh, six children, Saccoh, Albert, Samuel, Alusine, Hassan, and Raymond, and grandchildren Abioseh, John, and Memunatu.

May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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