DONCASTER ROVERS: Mustapha Dumbuya bid for first cap

Carried on: Mustapha Dumbuya has remained in training since the end of the season. Picture: Steve taylor

Carried on: Mustapha Dumbuya has remained in training since the end of the season. Picture: Steve taylor

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WHILST most of his Doncaster Rovers teammates were able to put their feet up and relax more than six weeks ago, Mustapha Dumbuya hopes there will be just one more playing appearance for him.

The 24-year-old Rovers defender has been called up by Sierra Leone who have a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at home to Sao Tome and Principe on Saturday.

He will certainly hope he is luckier than on previous occasions he has got the call including the first leg of the tie against Saturday’s opponents.

That was the away game at the end of February but there was a mix-up over his flight tickets which were sent by mistake to Crystal Palace where he had been on loan from Rovers earlier this year.

So, he missed out and an opportunity for a first cap went begging. Sierra Leone lost that first leg 2-1.

He remained in the coach’s thoughts, however, and was in the squad for two 2014 World Cup qualifying group games against Cape Verde and Equatorial Guinea last month.

However, he was taken ill on his return to England after a holiday and had to miss those games.

His destination this weekend is Freetown and, hopefully, to help Sierra Leone overturn that one goal deficit and progress to the second stage of qualification for next year’s event in South Africa.

“I knew there was a chance to be involved so I have kept working hard after the domestic season had finished,” said Dumbuya.

“I just hope everything goes right this time after the previous bad luck.”

He started last season in the Rovers side but after seven appearances in the first eight matches, he was left out and barely figured.

He went on loan to Palace, made a couple of appearances and then came back to Rovers and made three appearances off the subs’ bench in the final month or so.

Sierra Leone will start favourites to progress despite the one goal deficit. The first leg defeat was considered quite a surprise result.