Lamin Conteh

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Lamin Conteh Jr.
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-06-20)20 June 1976
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Date of death 5 May 2022(2022-05-05) (aged 45)
Place of death Kenema, Sierra Leone
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Beerschot VAC 48 (13)
1995–1997 SV Meppen 16 (2)
1997 Boavista 6 (1)
1997–1998 Varzim 14 (4)
1998–2002 Al Wahda
2002–2003 Fujairah Club
2003–2006 Perlis F.A.
2007 Pelita Jaya 27 (5)
2008 Negeri Sembilan FA
2010– Chanthaburi F.C.
2012 Perlis F.A.
National team
1994–2002 Sierra Leone 18 (4)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Lamin Conteh (20 June 1976 – 5 May 2022)[2], widely known by his nickname Junior Tumbu,[3] was a Sierra Leonean professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He represented the Sierra Leone national team from 1994 until 2002.


Conteh was born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to Muslim parents from the limba ethnic group. A Muslim himself, Conteh grew up in poverty. As a teenager, he was frequently seen playing street football across Freetown with boys much older than he was. As a teenager, he was considered the best secondary school footballer in Sierra Leone. He dropped out of the Ahmmadiyya Muslim Secondary School in Freetown in 1992 to become a professional footballer.

Conteh made his international debut for Sierra Leone in 1994, at the age of seventeen.

Though a Muslim, Lamin was highly involved in the rastafarian movement and was a big fan of reggae star Bob Marley.

Conteh died in the early hours of 5 May 2022.[4]


At the age of 18, Conteh was selected to play for Sierra Leone in the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations held in Tunisia. He was also picked in the squad for the following tournament in South Africa two years later. After a match against Nigeria in 2000, Conteh claimed that the Sierra Leone Football Association owed him $2,000, and refused to play for his country until the money was paid to him.[3] The matter was later resolved, and in 2002, he took over the captaincy of the national team from Mohamed Kallon.[5]


Al Wahda

Perlis F.A.


  1. ^ "Conteh, Lamin" (in German). Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  2. ^ Sierra Leone football 'legend' dies after a short illness
  3. ^ a b "Italy-based pair lead Leone Stars". BBC Sport. 12 February 2001. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  4. ^ Sierra Leone football 'legend' dies after a short illness
  5. ^ "Kallon gives up captaincy". BBC Sport. 24 June 2002. Retrieved 13 October 2011.

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