Remembering one of Sierra Leone’s and Africa’s finest goalkeepers Brima Atouga Kamara who died exactly 21 years ago.
Most of us grew up watching Atouga displaying his entertaining acrobatic styles between the posts for local clubs Sierra Fisheries, East End Lions, Mighty Blackpool and the senior national team Leone Stars.
He was known in Liberia as the ‘Monkey’ for his good goal keeping abilities and acrobatic styles.
Atouga made his international debut for Leone Stars during the 1984 Amilcal Cabral Zone II football tournament held in Freetown for the first time. His last game was against Morocco in Freetown in 1997 in a 1998 World Cup qualifying match which they lost 1-0. He was re-carded in the second half after Leone Stars had exhausted all their three substitutions thus forcing defender Kemokai Kallon to transform himself from an in- field player to a goal keeper.
‘The Guy’ as he was fondly called was a member of the Leone Stars team that represented Sierra Leone locally and internationally.