Crawley Town sign Mustapha Dumbuya

Mustapha Dumbuya in action for Portsmouth earlier this month
Mustapha Dumbuya in action for Portsmouth earlier this month

Crawley have announced the signing of former Portsmouth right-back Mustapha Dumbuya.

The Reds have captured Dumbuya on a six month deal after he was released by League One rivals Pompey, and gave a impressive display against Crawley when the two sides met at Fratton Park on Boxing Day.

Dumbuya, a 25-year-old Sierra Leone international, has played at Doncaster Rovers and Crystal Palace as well as Portsmouth after being plucked from non-league Potters Bar Town.

Manager Richie Barker said: “Mustapha is a player we have monitored for a while and he was, in my opinion, their man of the match when we played Portsmouth last month.

“He is a very athletic individual who loves to go forward but knows that his first job in the team is to defend. He can also play in midfield and is a player quite a few clubs were keen to sign when Portsmouth released him. Fortunately he has chosen Crawley and we are delighted to have him here.”

Dumbuya has signed until the end of the season and will train with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday.

Barker added: “He has been playing regularly this season so match fitness is not a problem and we are looking forward to working with him.”