Dumbuya salutes Fratton faithful on Pompey departure

26/12/12 ''Pompeys Mustafa Dumbuya takes on Crawley Towns Nicky  Adams              during the two sides league one tussle at Fratton Park. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (124169-16)
26/12/12 ''Pompeys Mustafa Dumbuya takes on Crawley Towns Nicky Adams during the two sides league one tussle at Fratton Park. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (124169-16)
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Mustapha Dumbuya bid Pompey farewell – and lauded the fans he has left behind.

There was no chance of a goodbye for the right-back against Notts County on Saturday, the rain saw to that.

Having insisted to Guy Whittingham he wanted to play before the completion of his deal tomorrow, it robbed him of a last Blues appearance.

Along with Jon Harley, the duo were set to be on the bench against the Magpies – only for a waterlogged pitch to force the match off.

Regardless, Dumbuya did produce some impressive performances during his 25 matches with Pompey.

His pace, directness and strong running down the right-flank often impressed the Fratton faithful.

But with costs having to be cut he was one of four regulars last week told their one-month deals would not be renewed.

And as the 25-year-old left Fratton Park he paid tribute to the supporters.

He said: ‘It has been up and down but, do you know what, I’ve really enjoyed myself.

‘I’ve met some wonderful people and everything happens for a reason – now I have to move on.

‘I would just like to thank all the fans, the fans have been absolutely amazing with me.

‘Every time I go out I want to play for them and give them my all and it has been an absolute blessing playing in front of the Pompey fans.

‘Hopefully we might meet again, you never know.

‘I’ve enjoyed every minute and every second of being here.

‘It’s a shame what has happened and I have got to move on.

‘This club has always had a reputation of having good fans and I have always wanted to play in front of fans like this.

‘I’ve played here a couple of times with other clubs and the atmosphere has been electric so I’ve always said to myself “I want to play in front of these fans”.

‘I’ve done that now and no matter what happened off the pitch I just tried to keep focused and give my all on the pitch.

‘I told Guy until my contract is over I want to be here and if it meant being involved in the game on Saturday I would have done that but obviously it was called off.

‘Looking at everything, I’ve had so many good memories.

‘Every time the fans sang my name out that was really touching.

‘Meeting the likes of Johnny Ertl, Simon Eastwood, Lubo and Gabor – who I stay with – they’ve been great company and I’ve got to thank them all and hopefully can see them again one day.

‘It’s a shame what has happened to the club and hopefully they will fix it sooner rather than later. It is a fantastic club with fantastic plans.’

Dumbuya joins Harley, Brian Howard and Lee Williamson in now seeking another club.

But the Sierra Leone international remains relaxed, insisting there are already offers on the table.

He added: ‘I was willing to give my all for this club until the end of the season, so it’s a shame what has happened and I have got to move on.

‘It’s football at the end of the day. I might go to another team that comes up against Pompey in a few weeks, I might be leaving the country.

‘I don’t know where I am going but hopefully in God’s name everything will be sorted out this week.

‘I’ve had a few offers, so I am going to try to look at them and see which one I want.

‘Obviously I want to try to play a little bit higher but I wanted to play a few more games, so might stay in this league and play until the end of the season and hopefully try to play higher next season.

‘I haven’t really put my finger on what I want to do yet but I do want to carry on getting games.’