By Mohamed Fajah Barrie in Freetown

Sierra Leonean international Mustapha Dumbuya is greatful and honoured to be nominated for 2015 Sierra Leone best player award.

The Scotland based player is one of two defenders that made a five-man shortlist to be voted for by viewers of the Sierra Leone website.

The other is the Leone Stars skipper based in Belarus Umaru ‘Zingalay’ Bangura.

Other nominees are Alhaji ‘Andriano’ Kamara playing in Sweden, USA based Kei Ansu Kamara and Mohamed ‘Poborsky’ Bangura who moved to China last month.

“I am very greatful and honoured to be shortlisted for 2015 Sierra Leone player of the year,” the 28-year old Dumbuya told Sierra Leone

The Patrick Thistle defender added: “I thank everyone that have voted not just for me but for all the players shortlisted.”

“It’s a big achievement for us all and who ever wins I’m sure is the deserved winner.

“May the best man win.”

Voting is ongoing and it will end at midnight on January 31. The winner will be announced in London on May 21.

Dumbuya who is being nominated for the award for the first time is hopeful that Leone Stars will qualify for a major tournament in the not too distance future.

He said: “It hasn’t been easy for us as players in past qualifications.

But I’m sure sooner than later something will surface for us and Sierra Leone as a country deserve to make it to tournament and we can represent our country in the big stage.”

Dumbuya Joined Patrick Thistle on a season long deal last September and three months later had his contract extended till 2018 because of continuous impressive performance in the Scottish Premier League.