Mustapha Sama

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Mustapha Sama
Personal information
Full name Mustapha Pa Safa Sama
Date of birth (1979-10-31) 31 October 1979 (age 43)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Position(s) Centre Back, Midfielder
Youth career
Warry Brothers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Wellington People
1997 Wusum Stars
1997 Ports Authority F.C.
1998–1999 East End Lions
1999 JS Kabylie
1999–2000 Boavista (CPV)
2000 Vasalund/Essinge IF
2001–2002 FK Haugesund 48 (9)
2002–2004 Charleroi 31 (2)
2005 Syrianska FC
2006–2007 LG-ACB Ha Noi
2007–2008 Persija Jakarta 14 (1)
2008–2009 Al-Wahda 15 (0)
2009 Carolina RailHawks
2010–2011 Rbac FC
International career
1996–2008 Sierra Leone 34 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Mustapha Pa Safa Sama (born 31 October 1979 in Freetown) is a Sierra Leonean former soccer player.


Early career in Africa[edit]

Pa Safa was born and raised in Wellington, a poor neighbourhood in the east end of Freetown. He started his football career with his hometown club Wellington People in 1996 as a 17-year-old, and would later go on to play for several clubs in the Sierra Leone National Premier League, including Wusum Stars, Ports Authority and East End Lions, with whom he won the Sierra Leone National Premier League in 1999.

Sama also played for Algerian side JS Kabylie and Cape Verdean team Boavista prior to his move to Europe.[1]

Global nomad[edit]

Sama was signed by Swedish club Vasalund/Essinge IF in 2000, initiating a trip across the second divisions of Europe, playing for FK Haugesund in the Norwegian Adeccoligaen, Charleroi in the Belgian First Division,[1] and Syrianska FC in Sweden. Sama was controversially terminated by Charleroi in 2005 after a dispute over the payment of match bonuses.[2]

Sama moved to his third continent – Asia – in 2006 to play for LG-ACB Ha Noi in the Vietnamese V-League, moved to Indonesia to play for Persija Jakarta in 2007, and then moved west to play for Al-Wahda in Syria in 2008.

Sama then took on his fourth continent – North America – in March 2009 when he signed for the Carolina RailHawks in the USL First Division.[3] After failing to get clearance to transfer to Carolina, Sama briefly went on trial with the San Jose Earthquakes.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Charleroi swoop for Sama". December 24, 2002 – via
  2. ^ "Charleroi sack Sierra Leonean". March 9, 2005 – via
  3. ^ Carolina RailHawks sign Sierra Leone International Mustapha Sama
  4. ^ "MLS Daily: Crew, DC and 'Quakes Looking At Trialists". July 23, 2009. Archived from the original on July 23, 2009.

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