Family and friends of the late Sierra Leonean footballer Ishmail Khalil Dyfan will be organising a football tournament in his honour in London.
The football tournament will take place on Sunday, 27th, September 2009, at the London Academy, Bermondsey, South East London and will feature teams like Blackpool, East End Lions and two others based in London with Sierra Leonean players.
An open invitation has been extended to all Sierra Leoneans in and out of the United Kingdom, in order to grace this all important tournament.
Ibrahim Dyfan and Frederick Claye, both members of the organising committee believe the tournament is one way of paying tribute to one of Sierra Leone’s greatest players and hero.
This will be the first tournament to be organised in his honour and according to the organisers, there are plans for the tournament to be organised elsewhere especially in Sierra Leone and in the United States of America, where he was eventually buried.
“We’ve got nothing to give him after his death other than giving him a befitting tribute to demonstrate how much we loved and cared for him due to his relentless services rendered to Sierra Leone.”
Ishmail Dyfan no doubt inspired and motivated quite a good number of Sierra Leonean footballers and he was the first player to go professional.
His skills, creativity and dazzling qualities still influenced a good number of Sierra Leonean players today, for which he will always be remembered.