Rufino Gama

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Rufino Gama
Personal information
Full name Rufino Walter Gama
Date of birth (1998-06-20) 20 June 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Dili, Timor-Leste
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Karketu Dili
Youth career
-2015 AS Académica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 AS Académica
2017 Cacusan CF
2018– Karketu Dili
National team
Timor-Leste U-16
2012–2016 Timor-Leste U-19 12 (4)
2015– Timor-Leste U-23 16 (2)
2016– Timor-Leste 18 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2019

Rufino Walter Gama (born 20 June 1998)[1] is a football player who currently plays as forward for Karketu Dili in the Liga Futebol Amadora and Timor-Leste national football team. He is the current record goalscorer for Timor-Leste with seven goals.

International career[edit]

Gama made his international debut as an 81st-minute substitute against Malaysia.[2] He scored his first international goal for Timor Leste in the game against Chinese Taipei which ended with a 1-2 defeat.[3]

In September 2018, he was selected for the two-legged 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifying matches against Brunei.[4] He started both games as Timor-Leste win to advance to the competition proper, win 3-2 on aggregate.[5]

The following year, Gama was selected for the 23 squad man for two-legged 2022 World Cup qualification in June. He started in both games and scored one goal in the second leg at home for a 1–5 lost over Malaysia.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of matches played 11 June 2019.
National team Year Apps Goals
Timor-Leste 2016 6 2
2017 3 1
2018 7 3
2019 2 1
Total 18 7

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list East Timor's goal tally first.[1]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 October 2016 National Stadium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan  Chinese Taipei 1–0 1–2 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2. 15 October 2016 Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia  Brunei 1–0 1–2 2016 AFF Championship qualification
3. 4 December 2017 Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei, Taiwan  Chinese Taipei 1–1 1–3 2017 CTFA International Tournament
4. 12 October 2018 Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia  Cambodia 2–1 2–2 Friendly
5. 13 November 2018 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia  Indonesia 1–0 1–3 2018 AFF Championship
6. 21 November 2018 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore  Singapore 1–1 1–6 2018 AFF Championship
7. 11 June 2019 Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Malaysia 1–5 1–5 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Karketu Dili

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rufino Gama at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ Rufino Gama at Soccerway
  3. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/afcasfeeds?fixtureid=10187&stageid=403&tMode=H&view=ajax&show=matchsummary
  4. ^ "Minister urges national team to make impact at AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier". Borneo Bulletin. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Brunei win 1-0 against Timor Leste but miss out on AFF final round". Borneo Bulletin. 9 September 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  6. ^ Devinder Singh (22 March 2018). "Search for win continues". nst.com.my. Retrieved 3 January 2019.