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From the NFL to the S.League: The ones who did it

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Bah Mamadou

Bah Mamadou first began his career with Gombak United in 2001 and he soon won a move over to Balestier Khalsa in 2003.

However, the defender failed to impress and was subsequently let go, leaving him in a limbo with no clubs willing to take him in.

Bah Mamadou once spent his time doing off jobs and playing in the NFL

Using the knowledge he possessed, this defender never gave up and earned an income by fixing air-conditioners while plying his trade in the NFL with Division Two side Sembawang SC.

It was a huge step down, Mamadou would later tell the press, and he had to do everything he could to still stay in peak condition and earn a move back to the S.League.

The Tigers eventually took a chance on him again, and this time Mamadou played like a man with something to prove.

His efforts paid off and he eventually had a career that spanned till 2014, when he last turned out for Woodlands Wellington.

The 38-year-old, who earned one cap for the Lions, is now managing director and founder of Singapore-based Football First Academy.

His son Bill Abuza Mamadou has followed in his father's footsteps and has been promoted to the Home United Prime League squad in 2018.

Photos: S.League