Souleymane Mamam

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Souleymane Mamam
Personal information
Full name Souleymane Mamam
Date of birth (1985-06-20) 20 June 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Lomé, Togo
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1998–1999 New Star du Zongo
1999–2001 Modèle Lomé
2001–2003 La Semeuse Lomé
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Manchester United 0 (0)
2003–2007Royal Antwerp (loan) 94 (8)
2007–2008 Royal Antwerp 15 (0)
2010–2011 K.R.C. Mechelen ? (?)
2011–2012 Nejmeh 21 (0)
National team
2001–2007 Togo 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:41, 19 August 2015 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:41, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Souleymane Mamam (born 20 June 1985) is a retired Togolese footballer who last played for Nejmeh SC, after having been released by Belgian Third Division A side K.R.C. Mechelen in July 2010. He played as an attacking midfielder or a winger. His brother, Chérif Touré Mamam was also a footballer.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lomé, Togo, Mamam played for local clubs in Lomé before signing for English club Manchester United in 2003. However, work permit regulations meant that it was not possible for Mamam to play in the United Kingdom and he was sent on loan to play at Royal Antwerp until he was eligible for a Belgian passport. At the end of the 2006–07 season, after four seasons of playing on loan for Antwerp, Manchester United decided not to renew his contract.

Having become a free agent, Mamam then signed a new one-year permanent deal with Royal Antwerp in time for the start of the 2007–08 season. He went on trial at Motherwell – who declined to sign Mamam in favour of another defender[1] – and Birmingham City, but again failed to secure a deal due to work permit problems.[2] He also went on trial with Toronto FC in the MLS in January 2010,[3] before joining Belgian Third Division A team K.R.C. Mechelen until the end of the 2009–10 season.[4]

Mamam returned to Manchester United on trial in August 2011, and played in a friendly for the club's reserve team against Morecambe on 1 August; he was substituted in the 53rd minute by Jesse Lingard, who scored the team's second goal in a 2–0 win.[5] He then scored after 11 minutes of the reserves' next game against Llanelli at Parc y Scarlets on 8 August, but was substituted in the 58th minute.[6]

International career[edit]

According to official FIFA records, on 6 May 2001, he became the youngest player to ever play a World Cup qualifier when he played for Togo against Zambia at the age of 13 years and 310 days.[7]

Age controversy[edit]

Official FIFA records appear to indicate that Mamam was born on 30 June 1987. However, various websites, including the official website of Royal Antwerp, cite 20 June 1985 as Mamam's birthdate, which would mean he was in fact almost 16 when he played his first match for Togo and even older than American Samoan Ben Falaniko, who played his first international match aging 15 years and 217 days.[8]


  1. ^ "Well abandon Mamam signing plan". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Birmingham forced to wait on new signing Souleymane Mamam". Trinity Mirror. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Barrett and De Ro score in win". Major League Soccer. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Racing trekt Souleymane Mamam aan" [Racing signs Souleymane Mamam]. (in Dutch). VZW KRC Mechelen. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  5. ^ Tuck, James; Butler, Cliff (1 August 2011). "Reserves win at Morecambe". Manchester United. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  6. ^ Marshall, Andy; Butler, Cliff (8 August 2011). "Reserves win in Wales". Manchester United. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
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