Ismael Dyfan

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Ishmael Dyfan (died 2001), also spelt Ismael[1] or Ishmail,[2] is a Sierra Leonean footballer of the 1970s and 1980s.[3] He played as a midfielder.[1]

Dyfan is regarded as one of the most gifted footballers to be produced by Sierra Leone until recent times.[citation needed] He was one of the first Sierra Leonean footballers to move abroad, playing for Africa Sports (Ivory Coast)[4] and Arab Contractors (Egypt).[5]

For the Sierra Leone national team, he played in the 1978 and 1982 World Cup qualifiers,[6] and scored goals against Nigeria and Algeria.[7]

Dyfan died on 31 January 2001 in the United States, following a sudden illness.[5][2]


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  2. ^ a b "Sierra Leone News - January 2001". Sierra Leone Web. 31 January 2001. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  3. ^ Thomas, Durosimi (9 June 2003). "Sierra surprise in Swaziland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Pascal Miézan, rideau et fin !". Le matin d'Abidjan (in French). 13 July 2007. Archived from the original on 13 July 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Sierra Leone Thrown Into Mourning For Legendary Dyfan". African Soccer Magazine. 2 February 2001. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  6. ^ Ismail DyfanFIFA competition record (archived)
  7. ^ Courtney, Barrie. "Sierra Leone - Details of World Cup Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 May 2009.