Mohamed Kallon, MOR (born 6 October 1979) is a Sierra Leonean international manager and former footballer who played as a forward. He is widely considered the most famous footballer from Sierra Leone. He last played for the Sierra Leone club Kallon F.C., as well as making 35 appearances for the Sierra Leone national football team during his career.
|Full name||Mohamed Kallon|
|Date of birth||6 October 1979|
|Place of birth||Kenema, Sierra Leone|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in) |
|1995–1997||→ Lugano (loan)||18||(1)|
|1997||→ Bologna (loan)||2||(0)|
|1997–1998||→ Genoa (loan)||26||(10)|
|1998–1999||→ Cagliari (loan)||26||(6)|
|2005–2006||→ Al-Ittihad (loan)||26||(12)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 September 2010|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2012
Kallon was born on 6 October 1979 in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Kallon is the younger brother to former Sierra Leone international footballers Kemokai Kallon and Musa Kallon. Mohamed Kallon attended primary school in Kenema and completed his secondary education at St. Edwards Secondary School in Freetown.
During his early international career for Sierra Leone, Kallon was given the nickname Small Kallon by Sierra Leonean football fans because he was the youngest of the three Kallon brothers in the Sierra Leone national team.
After he completed his form three level of education (grade 9 in the U.S) from St. Edwards Secondary School in Freetown in 1994, Kallon signed with local club, Old Edwardians of the Sierra Leone National Premier League at the age of 15. During the 1994–95 season, he struck fifteen goals in 24 league games for Old Edwardians and became the youngest player to ever play and score in Sierra Leone National Premier League.
After the 1994–95 season, Kallon left Old Edwardians and signed for Lebanese club Tadamon Sour. He spent one season with Spånga IS in Stockholm, Sweden. He was then signed by Inter Milan. He then loaned to Swiss club AC Lugano, Serie A club Bologna F.C. 1909 and Cagliari, and Serie B clubs Genoa He also farmed to Reggina and Vicenza in a co-ownership deal for undisclosed fee and 9,000 billion lire respectively (€4,648,112). He played with Cristiano Zanetti at Cagliari, whom he later worked with again at Inter Milan.
After the abolition of the non-EU quota for each team halfway through the 2000–01 season, Kallon returned to Italian giants Inter Milan before the start of the 2001–02 season., for a reported 8,500 billion lire transfer fee (€4,389,884). With Christian Vieri, Ronaldo, Álvaro Recoba, Adriano, Hakan Şükür and Nicola Ventola also in the side, Kallon was originally a 3rd or 4th choice striker. But injuries to Ronaldo and Recoba meant that Kallon played 29 Serie A matches, scoring 9 goals and becoming the team's 2nd highest scorer of the 2001–02 Serie A season, behind Vieri, as the club narrowly missed out on the league title, finishing in third place, also reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup.
He only played 9 times (scoring 5 goals) in Serie A in 2002–03 season due to injuries in August and February, as the team managed a second-place finish in the league. Kallon returned to the side in May after Gabriel Batistuta was injured in April. He also played both legs of the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League semi-final against A.C. Milan as Batistuta was unable to register. He played in both games as a second-half substitute, for Álvaro Recoba and Hernán Crespo respectively.
Kallon tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone after the Serie A match against Udinese Calcio on 27 September 2003 and was banned from football for eight months. Kallon then struggled to get into the starting eleven during the 2003–04 season, primarily due to the rise of young Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins and the return of Brazilian ace Adriano.
He signed a 4-year contract with Monégasque club AS Monaco before the start of the 2004–05 season, as the UEFA Champions League runners-up had lost Dado Pršo and Fernando Morientes. He was impressive during his first season at Monaco, but quickly fell out with French manager Didier Deschamps, and was relegated to the bench in March 2005.
- 2005-06 (Al-Ittihad)
He went on loan to Saudi club Al-Ittihad during the start of the 2005–06 season, and helped the team win the AFC Champions League 2005 where he was top scorer in the competition before returning to AS Monaco. He also played at the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship with Al-Ittihad.
He played 14 Ligue 1 games in his last season for Monaco. He played his last match in Ligue 1 on 11 August 2007 against FC Lorient, the 2nd match of the season, before he was released by Monaco. He underwent a trial with Birmingham in September 2007, after previously being linked with Derby County in July. However, Kallon failed to qualify for a work permit in England, as Sierra Leone ranked 79th in the FIFA World Rankings in September 1997, but the requirement was above 70th for non-EU internationals. In November 2007, he signed a pre-contract with Al Hilal, but this later collapsed.
Kallon signed a 6-month contract with Greek giants AEK F.C. on 29 January 2008. He played for the capital club in the UEFA Cup 2007–08 round of 32 against Getafe CF, but AEK lost 1–4 on aggregate, with no goals from Kallon. He also played in the Super League Greece playoffs to determine qualification to European competition. He scored once in his 3 appearances, and AEK finished second to qualify for the following year's UEFA Cup.
Greek fans remember him especially for an excellent goal against PAOK in a 4-0 win, when he scored with a chip shot outside the box.
In October 2009, he signed for his own club Kallon FC.
Shaanxi Zhongjian ChanbaEdit
On 1 March 2010, he joined the Chinese championship, signing a one-year deal with Shaanxi Zhongjian Chanba. Kallon made his CSL debut against Dalian Shide on 28 March and scored a penalty kick in 50th minute. He decided to leave after his contract was finished in December to be closer to his family.
On 26 June 2014, was named the head coach of Sierra Leone u-17 side.
On 22 March 2016 he announced his retirement as a player, having last played in 2014.
Kallon became the youngest player to ever play for the Leone Stars when he made his senior international debut for Sierra Leone at the age of fifteen in April 1995 against Congo in the 1996 African Cup of Nations qualifier in Freetown, in which he scored the winner. At the age of 16, Kallon was the youngest player at the 1996 African Nations cup in South Africa. He scored one of his country's two goals as Sierra Leone defeated Burkina Faso 2–1 in their opening group match at the 1996 African Nations Cup, played at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Since then, he is the key member of Leone Stars and active at 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup qualification. His most recent cap is on 9 February 2011 against Nigeria in a friendly. Kallon was the captain of the Sierra Leone national team but quit his captaincy after the team failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2010 African Cup of Nations.
Kallon is the founder and owner of the Sierra Leonean football club Kallon F.C., currently playing in the Sierra Leone National Premier League. Kallon is one of the top clubs in the Sierra Leone National Premier League and play their home games at the National Stadium in Freetown. Previously known as Sierra Fisheries, Kallon acquired the club in 2002 for $30,000.
Kallon FC won the Sierra Leonean FA Cup, and the Sierra Leone League title in 2006, and qualifying for the African Champions League.
Mohamed Kallon is a devout Muslim and a member of the Mende ethnic group. Kallon is married to his childhood girlfriend M'mah Mansaray. The couple celebrated their wedding at the Freetown Central Mosque in Freetown on 15 June 2002. Kallon is the younger brother of former Sierra Leonean international footballers Kemokai Kallon and Musa Kallon.
Mohamed Kallon Children's FoundationEdit
Apart from the Kalleone Group of Company, comprising a musical recording studio, radio station, newspaper, sportshops, old Skool night club, pharmacy and FC Kallon, Mohamed Kallon is also about to launch his charity foundation, the MKCF, Mohamed Kallon Children's Foundation, which will cater for the needs of hundreds of Sierra Leone's street children. Recently Mohamed Kallon told SierraEye Magazine that as a boy himself who grew up in the streets of Freetown he is moved by the state of Sierra Leone Street Children and want to do all he can to help them. The foundation has made headways recently meeting with the president and working together with the United Nations and other NGOs to provide help for several Sierra Leonean children and also aiding the HIV/AIDS sensitisation programme in Sierra Leone. x The setting up of MKCF by Kallon gained massive media coverage and even the BBC reported on it.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Sierra Leone||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Africa||Total|
|1992–93||Old Edwardians||National Premier League||0||0|
|Lebanon||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|1994–95||Tadamon Sour||Premier League||24||15|
|Switzerland||League||Schweizer Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2001–02||Inter Milan||Serie A||28||9|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|Saudi Arabia||League||Crown Prince Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2005–06||Al-Ittihad Jeddah||Professional League||26||12|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|Greece||League||Greek Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2008||AEK Athens||Super League||8||2|
|United Arab Emirates||League||President's Cup||Etisalat Cup||Asia||Total|
|2008–09||Al Shabab||UAE Pro-League||4||1|
|Sierra Leone||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Africa||Total|
|China PR||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2010||Shaanxi Chanba||Super League||21||7|
|United Arab Emirates||4||1|
|Sierra Leone national team|
|International appearances and goals|
|1.||22 April 1995||Brazzaville, Republic of Congo||Congo||2–0||1||1996 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|3 June 1995||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Niger||5–1||1||1996 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|15 January 1996||Bloemfontein, South Africa||Burkina Faso||2–1||1||1996 African Cup of Nations|
|18 January 1996||Bloemfontein, South Africa||Algeria||0–2||0||1996 African Cup of Nations|
|16 June 1996||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Burundi||0–1||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9 November 1996||Rabat, Morocco||Morocco||0–4||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11 January 1997||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Gabon||1–0||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5 April 1997||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Ghana||1–1||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|26 April 1997||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Morocco||0–1||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|17 August 1997||Obuasi, Ghana||Ghana||2–0||1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|22 April 2000||Freetown, Sierra Leone||São Tomé and Príncipe||4–0||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|17 June 2000||Lagos, Nigeria||Nigeria||0–2||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9 July 2000||Accra, Ghana||Ghana||0–5||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|29 October 2000||Rome, Italy||Italy||0–0||0||Unofficial Friendly (for Foreigner of Italy)|
|25 February 2001||Paynesville, Liberia||Liberia||0–1||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10 March 2001||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Sudan||0–2||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|21 April 2001||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Nigeria||1–0||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14 July 2001||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Liberia||0–1||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8 June 2003||Casablanca, Morocco||Morocco||0–1||0||2004 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|22 June 2003||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Equatorial Guinea||2–0||1||2004 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|12 October 2003||Brazzaville, Republic of Congo||Congo||0–1||0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|15 June 2005||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Guinea B||2–0||1||Unofficial Friendly|
|24 March 2007||Lomé, Togo||Togo||1–3||1||2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|7 May 2007||London, United Kingdom||Leyton Orient||4–2||1||Unofficial Friendly|
|17 October 2007||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Guinea-Bissau||1–0||0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|17 November 2007||Bissau, Guinea-Bissau||Guinea-Bissau||0–0||0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|1 June 2008||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea||Equatorial Guinea||0–2||0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14 June 2008||Freetown, Sierra Leone||South Africa||1–0||1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|21 June 2008||Atteridgeville, South Africa||South Africa||0–0||0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6 September 2008||Freetown, Sierra Leone||Equatorial Guinea||2–1||0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11 October 2008||Abuja, Nigeria||Nigeria||1–4||0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9 February 2011||Lagos, Nigeria||Nigeria||1–2||0||friendly|
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