Mustapha Sama

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Mustapha Sama
Personal information
Full name Mustapha Pa Safa Sama
Date of birth (1979-10-31) October 31, 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Centre Back, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
HATYAI FC. Thailand
Youth career
Warry Brothers F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Wellington People 40 (10)
1997 Wusum Stars 20
1997 Ports Authority F.C. 25 (5)
1998–1999 East End Lions 15
1999 JS Kabylie 15
1999–2000 Boavista (CPV) 60 (12)
2000 Vasalund/Essinge IF 55 (8)
2001–2002 FK Haugesund 48 (9)
2002–2004 Charleroi 31 (2)
2005 Syrianska FC 36 (2)
2006–2007 LG-ACB Ha Noi 25 (2)
2007–2008 Persija Jakarta 14 (1)
2008–2009 Al-Wahda 15
2009 Carolina RailHawks
2010/2011 Rbac FC 40 (1)
National team
1996– Sierra Leone 34 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 May 2009
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 May 2009

Mustapha Pa Safa Sama (born October 31, 1979 in Freetown) is a Sierra Leonean soccer player who is playing with HATYAI FC in Thailand.


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]


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