The Hougang United striker was recently refused a work permit to continue his stay in Singapore and play in the S.League despite having been here since 2008The S.League seems set to lose one of its brightest and most loyal talents come season start in February this year.
Hougang United striker Mamadou Diallo has seen his work permit application rejected by the authorities numerous times, with his current one expiring at the end of this week.
The rejection has resulted in Cheetahs supporters starting an online campaign in a last-ditch effort to change the Ministry of Manpower's decision, with a Facebook page and online petition being set up. The latter has seen strong support from the local football fraternity, with footballers like Baihakki Khaizan and Indra Sahdan signing it.
Diallo, who has played for Hougang since arriving here in 2008, has impressed in his time here with his footballing abilities and endeared himself to fans. The 23-year-old left Singapore on Thursday night, with no end to his work permit problem in sight.
The majority of Goal Singapore readers have emphathised with Diallo's plight, with 87% indicating that they believe the Guinean should be allowed to stay on and ply his trade in the S.League.
Hougang will likely have to find a replacement for Diallo, with four out of their five foreigner slots filled by Geison Moura, Diego Gama, Igor Cerina and Shunsuke Nakatake. Local players Wahyudi Wahid, Nazri Sabri and Erwan Gunawan have also joined the club, who will begin their 2014 campaign on February 22 against Woodlands Wellington.