Hassan Mansaray, a 16-year-old right-winger for Kamakwie Sella Stars Football Club, made history by becoming the youngest player to participate in the EBK-Trophy, an annual regional football championship.
He takes over Wusum Stars forward Alhassan Conteh who at a tender age, of 16 years, four months old stood out among his peers due to his exceptional football skills that saw him became the youngest player to play the EBK-Trophy in 2016 when he helped the “Northern Rock” to claim their third EBK-Trophy title.
Mansaray made his debut in the competition in the 65th minute during a knockout group match against Sahid Conteh-U which took place at the Makeni Wusum Stadium on Thursday.
Despite his young age, the teenage winner had an impact on the match, nearly equalizing for his team in the 88th minute. He was fouled at close range, which led to controversy between supporters of both teams over the referee’s decision to award Kamakwie Sella Stars a free kick.
Although his free kick hit the woodwork, he continued to make goal attempts along with his teammates, but they faced stiff resistance from Sahid Conteh-U’s defense, and those who watch him play at the Wusum Stadium on Thursday evening described him as a talented young footballer, who they say “has more to offer for both his club but his country.” Speaking to Awoko Newspaper in a post-match interview, about his aspiration and latest feat, the 16-year-old right winger said he’s aspiring to make a name for him in the world of soccer, expressed his pride in being the youngest player in the EBK-Trophy and stated that his debut in the competition, which took place on an artificial turf, inspired him to work harder for his team.
Mansaray also mentioned his career ambition of becoming a professional footballer and playing alongside some of the biggest football stars.
Coach Mohamed Sheriff “Pagal” Koroma praised Mansaray’s achievement and expressed his renewed trust in the young player, indicating that he aims to guide him to become a notable force in future matches.