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Legend Revisited: Where It All Started for One of Basse’s Greatest Football Exports

Ebrima Manneh,1st from right with National team-mates.

Kuteh Jombulu Football Club in Basse, Manneh Kunda, has enjoyed a golden spell of youth talent production in the 80’s. The club was regularly among the leading contenders for major titles in the upper river region where many of those players emerged and have gone on to achieve greatness, with the likes of Sarjo Manneh, star sanyang and Ebrima Manneh.

One of his generation’s most prominent footballers and fiercest attackers in the country, Ebrima Manneh’s career started with Kuteh Jombulu in the 70’s. As a youngster, he’d play with his friends on the dusty, rocky streets of Manneh Kunda where his hunger and desire for success started. They’d play barefoot on sandy paths and often use small rocks for goal posts.

Ebrima Manneh now works at Qcity as sports manager.

A former captain of the Scorpions, in many ways, Ebrima Manneh quickly became a complete package for the Scorpions thanks to his tremendous all-round technique and unerring finish on the field. As a striker, he was powerful and he had pace.

The Chronicle made the journey to Manneh Kunda in the upper river region to know more about how Ebrima Manneh began his career with Kuteh Jombulu Football Club. 

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