|Date of birth||6 October 1979|
|Place of birth||Kenema, Sierra Leone|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1995–1997||→ Lugano (loan)||18||(1)|
|1997||→ Bologna (loan)||2||(0)|
|1997–1998||→ Genoa (loan)||26||(10)|
|1998–1999||→ Cagliari (loan)||26||(6)|
|2005–2006||→ Al-Ittihad (loan)||26||(12)|
|2010||Shaanxi Baorong Chanba||21||(7)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Mohamed Kallon MOR (born 6 October 1979) is a Sierra Leonean football manager and former player who played as a striker. He is widely considered the most famous footballer from Sierra Leone. He made 39 appearances for the Sierra Leone national team during his career.
Kallon is the younger brother of former Sierra Leonean international footballers Kemokai Kallon and Musa Kallon.
Kallon was born on 6 October 1979 in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Kallon is the younger brother to former Sierra Leone international footballers Kemokai Kallon and Musa Kallon. Mohamed Kallon attended primary school in Kenema and completed his secondary education at St. Edwards Secondary School in Freetown.
During his early international career for Sierra Leone, Kallon was given the nickname Small Kallon by Sierra Leonean football fans because he was the youngest of the three Kallon brothers in the Sierra Leone national team.
After he completed his form three levels of education (grade 9 in the U.S.) from St. Edwards Secondary School in Freetown in 1994, Kallon signed with the local club, Old Edwardians of the Sierra Leone National Premier League at the age of 15. During the 1994–95 season, he struck fifteen goals in 24 league games for Old Edwardians and became the youngest player to ever play and score in Sierra Leone National Premier League.
After the 1994–95 season, Kallon left Old Edwardians and signed for Lebanese club Tadamon Sour. He spent one season with Spånga IS in Stockholm, Sweden. He was then signed by Inter Milan. He was then loaned to Swiss Super League club AC Lugano, Serie A club Bologna F.C. 1909 and Cagliari, and Serie B clubs Genoa He also farmed to Reggina and Vicenza in a co-ownership deal for an undisclosed fee and 9,000 billion lire respectively (€4,648,112). He played with Cristiano Zanetti at Cagliari, whom he later worked with again at Inter Milan.
After the abolition of the non-EU quota for each team halfway through the 2000–01 season, Kallon returned to Italian club Inter Milan before the start of the 2001–02 season., for a reported 8,500 billion lire transfer fee (€4,389,884). With Christian Vieri, Ronaldo, Álvaro Recoba, Adriano, Hakan Şükür and Nicola Ventola also in the side, Kallon was originally a third or fourth choice striker. But injuries to Ronaldo and Recoba meant that Kallon played 29 Serie A matches, scoring 9 goals and becoming the team's second highest scorer of the 2001–02 Serie A season, behind Vieri, as the club narrowly missed out on the league title, finishing in third place, also reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup.
He played nine times scoring five goals in Serie A in 2002–03 season due to injuries in August and February, as the team managed a second-place finish in the league. Kallon returned to the side in May after Gabriel Batistuta was injured in April. He also played both legs of the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League semi-final against A.C. Milan as Batistuta was unable to register. He played in both games as a second-half substitute, for Álvaro Recoba and Hernán Crespo respectively.
Kallon tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone after the Serie A match against Udinese Calcio on 27 September 2003 and was banned from football for eight months. Kallon then struggled to get into the starting eleven during the 2003–04 season, primarily due to the rise of young Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins and the return of Brazilian ace Adriano.
Kallon signed a four-year contract with Monégasque club AS Monaco before the start of the 2004–05 season, as the UEFA Champions League runners-up had lost Dado Pršo and Fernando Morientes. He was impressive during his first season at Monaco, but quickly fell out with French manager Didier Deschamps, and was relegated to the bench in March 2005.
He moved on loan to Saudi club Al-Ittihad on 29 July 2005. He helped the team win the 2005 AFC Champions League, leading the competition with six goals scored, including goals in each legs of the semi-final and final respectively. He also played at the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship with Al-Ittihad before returning to Monaco in 2006.
He played 12 Ligue 1 matches in his last full season with Monaco during the 2006–07 campaign. He played his last match in league play on 11 August 2007 against FC Lorient, the second match of the season, before he was released by Monaco. He underwent a trial with Birmingham in September 2007, after previously being linked with Derby County in July. However, Kallon failed to qualify for a work permit in England, as Sierra Leone ranked 79th in the FIFA World Rankings in September 1997, but the requirement was above 70th for non-EU internationals. In November 2007, he signed a pre-contract with Al Hilal, but this later collapsed.
Kallon signed a six-month contract with Greek club AEK Athens on 29 January 2008. He played for the capital club in the UEFA Cup 2007–08 round of 32 against Getafe, but AEK lost 4–1 on aggregate, with no goals from Kallon. He also played in the Super League Greece playoffs to determine qualification to European competition. He scored once in his three appearances, and AEK finished second to qualify for the following year's UEFA Cup.
Greek fans remember him especially for an excellent goal against PAOK in a 4–0 win, when he scored with a chip shot outside the box.
He moved to Al-Shabab of the United Arab Emirates in 2008. He was released after picking up a serious injury in an international match.
In October 2009, he signed for his own club Kallon FC.
On 1 March 2010, he joined the Chinese championship, signing a one-year deal with Shaanxi Baorong Chanba. Kallon made his CSL debut against Dalian Shide on 28 March and scored a penalty kick in 50th minute. He decided to leave after his contract was finished in December to be closer to his family. In 2011, he moved to India and signed with I-League club Chirag United Kerala.
He returned to Kallon F.C. ahead of the 2012 CAF Confederation Cup, and scored the winning goal that got them to the second round.
On 26 June 2014, was named the head coach of Sierra Leone u-17 side.
On 22 March 2016, he announced his retirement as a player, having last played in 2014.
Kallon became the youngest player to ever play for the Leone Stars when he made his senior international debut for Sierra Leone at the age of fifteen in April 1995 against Congo in the 1996 African Cup of Nations qualifier in Freetown, in which he scored the winner. At the age of 16, Kallon was the youngest player at the 1996 African Nations cup in South Africa. He scored one of his country's two goals as Sierra Leone defeated Burkina Faso 2–1 in their opening group match at the 1996 African Nations Cup, played at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Since then, he is the key member of Leone Stars and active at 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup qualification. His most recent cap is on 9 February 2011 against Nigeria in a friendly. Kallon was the captain of the Sierra Leone national team but quit his captaincy after the team failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2010 African Cup of Nations.
Kallon is the founder and owner of the Sierra Leonean football club Kallon F.C., currently playing in the Sierra Leone National Premier League. Kallon is one of the top clubs in the Sierra Leone National Premier League and play their home games at the National Stadium in Freetown. Previously known as Sierra Fisheries, Kallon acquired the club in 2002 for $30,000.
Kallon FC won the Sierra Leonean FA Cup, and the Sierra Leone League title in 2006, and qualifying for the African Champions League.
Mohamed Kallon is a devout Muslim and a member of the Mandingo ethnic group. Kallon is married to his childhood girlfriend M'mah Mansaray. The couple celebrated their wedding at the Freetown Central Mosque in Freetown on 15 June 2002. Kallon is the younger brother of former Sierra Leonean international footballers Kemokai Kallon and Musa Kallon.
Mohamed Kallon Children's Foundation
Apart from the Kalleone Group of Company, comprising a musical recording studio, radio station, newspaper, sportshops, old Skool night club, pharmacy and FC Kallon, Mohamed Kallon is also about to launch his charity foundation, the MKCF, Mohamed Kallon Children's Foundation, which will cater for the needs of hundreds of Sierra Leone's street children. Recently Mohamed Kallon told SierraEye Magazine that as a boy himself who grew up in the streets of Freetown he is moved by the state of Sierra Leone Street Children and want to do all he can to help them. The foundation has made headways recently meeting with the president and working together with the United Nations and other NGOs to provide help for several Sierra Leonean children and also aiding the HIV/AIDS sensitisation programme in Sierra Leone. x The setting up of MKCF by Kallon gained massive media coverage and even the BBC reported on it.
|Club||Season||League||National cup||League cup||Continental||Total|
|Old Edwardians||1992–93||Sierra Leone National
|1993–94||Sierra Leone National
|Tadamon Sour||1994–95||Lebanese Premier League||24||15|
|Lugano (loan)||1995–96||Swiss Super League||1||0||1||0|
|1996–97||Swiss Super League||17||1||17||1|
|Bologna (loan)||1997–98||Serie A||2||0||4||2||–||–||6||2|
|Genoa (loan)||1997–98||Serie B||26||10||–||–||26||10|
|Cagliari (loan)||1998–99||Serie A||26||6||–||–||26||6|
|Inter Milan||2001–02||Serie A||28||9||0||0||–||11||6||39||15|
|Al-Ittihad (loan)||2005–06||Saudi Premier League||26||12||6||6||32||18|
|AEK Athens||2007–08||Super League Greece||11||3||0||0||–||2||0||13||3|
|Al Shabab||2008–09||UAE Pro-League||4||1|
|Kallon||2009–10||Sierra Leone National
|Shaanxi Baorong Chanba||2010||Chinese Super League||21||7|
|International appearances and goals|
|1.||22 April 1995||Brazzaville, Republic of Congo||Congo||2–0||1||1996 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|3 June 1995||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Niger||5–1||1||1996 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|15 January 1996||Bloemfontein, South Africa||Burkina Faso||2–1||1||1996 African Cup of Nations|
|18 January 1996||Bloemfontein, South Africa||Algeria||0–2||0||1996 African Cup of Nations|
|16 June 1996||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Burundi||0–1||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9 November 1996||Rabat, Morocco||Morocco||0–4||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11 January 1997||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Gabon||1–0||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5 April 1997||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Ghana||1–1||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|26 April 1997||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Morocco||0–1||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|17 August 1997||Obuasi, Ghana||Ghana||2–0||1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|22 April 2000||Freetown, Sierra Leone||São Tomé and Príncipe||4–0||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|17 June 2000||Lagos, Nigeria||Nigeria||0–2||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9 July 2000||Accra, Ghana||Ghana||0–5||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|29 October 2000||Rome, Italy||Italy||0–0||0||Unofficial Friendly (for Foreigner of Italy)|
|25 February 2001||Paynesville, Liberia||Liberia||0–1||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10 March 2001||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Sudan||0–2||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|21 April 2001||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Nigeria||1–0||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14 July 2001||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Liberia||0–1||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8 June 2003||Casablanca, Morocco||Morocco||0–1||0||2004 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|22 June 2003||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Equatorial Guinea||2–0||1||2004 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|12 October 2003||Brazzaville, Republic of Congo||Congo||0–1||0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|15 June 2005||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Guinea B||2–0||1||Unofficial friendly|
|24 March 2007||Lomé, Togo||Togo||1–3||1||2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|7 May 2007||London, United Kingdom||Leyton Orient||4–2||1||Unofficial friendly|
|17 October 2007||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Guinea-Bissau||1–0||0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|17 November 2007||Bissau, Guinea-Bissau||Guinea-Bissau||0–0||0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|1 June 2008||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea||Equatorial Guinea||0–2||0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14 June 2008||Freetown, Sierra Leone||South Africa||1–0||1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|21 June 2008||Atteridgeville, South Africa||South Africa||0–0||0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6 September 2008||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Equatorial Guinea||2–1||0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11 October 2008||Abuja, Nigeria||Nigeria||1–4||0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9 February 2011||Lagos, Nigeria||Nigeria||1–2||0||Friendly|
- Scores and results list Sierra Leone's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Kallon goal.
|1||22 April 1995||Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat, Brazzaville, Congo||Congo||1–0||2–0||1996 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|2||3 June 1995||National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone||Niger||1–1||5–1||1996 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|3||15 January 1996||Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa||Burkina Faso||2–1||2–1||1996 African Cup of Nations|
|4||17 August 1997||Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana||Ghana||2–0||2–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||22 June 2003||National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone||Equatorial Guinea||2–0||2–0||2004 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|–||15 June 2005||National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone||Guinea B||1–0||2–0||Unofficial friendly|
|–||7 May 2007||London, England||Leyton Orient||4–2||Unofficial friendly|
|6||30 April 2008||Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, Paynesville, Liberia||Liberia||1–2||1–3||Friendly|
|7||14 June 2008||National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone||South Africa||1 (pen.)–0||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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- Mohamed Kallon – French league stats at LFP – also available in French
- Mohamed Kallon – FIFA competition record (archived)
- Mohamed Kallon at National-Football-Teams.com
- 1979 births
- Living people
- People from Kenema
- Mende people
- Sierra Leonean footballers
- Men's association football forwards
- Old Edwardians F.C. players
- Tadamon Sour SC players
- Spånga IS players
- FC Lugano players
- Bologna F.C. 1909 players
- Genoa C.F.C. players
- Cagliari Calcio players
- Reggina 1914 players
- L.R. Vicenza players
- Inter Milan players
- AS Monaco FC players
- Al-Ittihad Club (Jeddah) players
- AEK Athens F.C. players
- Al-Shaab CSC players
- F.C. Kallon players
- Beijing Chengfeng F.C. players
- Lebanese Premier League players
- Division 2 (Swedish football) players
- Swiss Super League players
- Serie A players
- Serie B players
- Ligue 1 players
- Saudi Professional League players
- Super League Greece players
- UAE Pro League players
- Chinese Super League players
- Sierra Leone men's international footballers
- 1996 African Cup of Nations players
- Association football coaches
- Houston Dynamo FC non-playing staff
- Sierra Leonean expatriate footballers
- Sierra Leonean expatriate sportspeople in Lebanon
- Sierra Leonean expatriate sportspeople in Sweden
- Sierra Leonean expatriate sportspeople in Switzerland
- Sierra Leonean expatriate sportspeople in Italy
- Sierra Leonean expatriate sportspeople in France
- Sierra Leonean expatriate sportspeople in Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leonean expatriate sportspeople in Greece
- Sierra Leonean expatriate sportspeople in the United Arab Emirates
- Sierra Leonean expatriate sportspeople in China
- Sierra Leonean expatriate sportspeople in the United States
- Expatriate footballers in Lebanon
- Expatriate footballers in Sweden
- Expatriate footballers in Switzerland
- Expatriate footballers in Italy
- Expatriate footballers in France
- Expatriate footballers in Saudi Arabia
- Expatriate footballers in Greece
- Expatriate footballers in the United Arab Emirates
- Expatriate footballers in China
- Sierra Leonean sportspeople in doping cases
- Doping cases in association football
- Chirag United Club Kerala players
- Expatriate footballers in India