Sierra Leone will open their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign against Crocodiles of Lesotho, today 13th November at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown in an empty stadium after latest FIFA sanction.
The Sierra Leone Rollball Association was given the green as a member association to take part in the Fifth Edition Roll ball World Championship in India. The tournament will commence on 12th and end on 17th of this month. The Rollball National team last took part in the Eecond Edition Roll ball World Cup in Bangladesh.
16 teams have been selected to commence the first edition of the Romende Community Football Championship at Karene District with the teams promoting peace, unity, and national cohesion for development in the North of Sierra Leone.
Left winger George Davies who is playing professional football in Austria for Saint Polten, has been named most valuable player of the season. The Sierra Leonean who is based in Austria playing professional football has made 10 appearances for the national team Leone Stars but is yet to score. Davies was in Latvia playing for Riga but was later loaned to SKN St. Polten in Austria. Out of 12 clubs in the top-tier Austrian League, his side SKN St. Polten finished sixth position with 36 points. The 1.38 meters left-winger Davies was part of the Sierra Leone Liberia match. The technical team of Leone Stars is expecting to call him up for this month’s clash against Lesotho in Freetown.
The technical team of Leone Stars has slammed an indefinite suspension on Musa Noah Kamara and Baimba Sesay over what they described as professional misconduct. The two home-based strikers are currently with the national team preparing for this month’s Cameroon 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Lesotho in Freetown. According to sources at the Football Association secretariat in Kingtom, the two players will likely miss next week Wednesday’s clash against Lesotho in Freetown. For Musa Noah Kamara fondly known as Musa Tombo, he failed to travel with the home-based national team to Kono over the weekend, telling the technical team he was bereaved. However, it was later noticed that he went ahead to play in a community league at the Brima Attouga Mini- Stadium for the Kissy Community FC. On the other hand, East End Tigers forward Baimba Sesay breached player’s transfer regulations by signing for two clubs - FC Kallon and FC Johansen. However, head coach Sellas Tetteh and his backroom staff have no option that to allow few more foreign-based professionals to be part of the line-up for the match ahead.
Ernest Allison scored two goals in the first half for Old Edwardians Football Club against East End Lions to win the first edition Tornado Football Gala which lasted for three days at the Siaka Steven Stadium. The May Park Boys came into the grand final after defeating FC Johansen on post-match penalties while East End Lions had a narrow win against their rivals East End Tigers Football Club.The first edition Tornado Solution Football Cup saw four premier league clubs East End Tigers, FC Johansen, Old Edwardians and East End Lions taking part. The three day football gala commenced on Friday 1st November at the Siaka Stevens Stadium with a match between FC Johansen and Old Edwardians Football Club competing for 40 million Leones, according to Mohamed McCarthy Bangura media contact for Tornado Solution.The grand final saw the winner clinching the star prize and trophy while the runner-up East End Lions received their second place trophy. However, it could be recalled that at the just-concluded Sierra Leone Premier League, East End Lions collected four points from Old Edwardians FC and ended winning the league with an unbeaten run. Ironically, at the Tornado gala East End Lions stooped to the May Park Boys.
According to close source reaching this media, Musa Noah Kamara (Musa Tombo) and Baimba Sesay have been suspended from the Sierra Leone national team training ahead of the 2021 AFCON qualifier matches against Lesotho and Benin.
According to confirm source, Musa was suspended after he lied to Sierra Leone national team officials that he lost his uncle, and he will not be able to travel with the national home base for their friendly match against the Diamond Stars of Kono during the weekend.
Tombo was later seen playing an Inter Community League at the approved school playing ground for City Road Community, after he failed to show up for the home based friendly match against Diamond Stars.
For his part, Baimba Sesay was also suspended due to his latest transfer saga between Giant of Grass Field, East End Tigers, FC Johansen and FC Kallon.
A letter dated 30th October 2019 stated that Benjamin Gordon will now serve as full time Secretary for the Association. Executive members of the Western Area Football Association appointed and approved Benjamin Gordon to serve them after he had been acting in the position for over three months taking over from his predecessor Kashor Joseph Holland-Cole. The letter further mentioned that: “Benjamin Gordon has been working as Acting Secretary General of WAFA for six months with “quality and outstanding leadership”. Speaking to AYV, Gordon said his appointment was not a surprise because since he took up office he has been playing his part to ensure that the game is played according to the rules and for it to become popular in the country. He emphasized to officials of division two club as today is the deadline for registration and verification of clubs, adding that any defaulter will have themselves to blame. In another development, the executive members of WAFA have approved a third-tier division league (Division 3). Teams relegated from division two league will form part of the Division three League.
The Sierra Leonean-born Striker Mohamed Buya Turay currently in Sweden playing first division professional football for Djurgarden IF has contributed for his side to be crowned champions for this season. Turay’s sixty-fifth minute equalizer against IFK Norrkoeping made their side clinch this year’s league season title with sixty six points ahead of their rival Malmoe FF with just one point difference. Mohamed Buya Turay is the second Sierra Leonean to win the Sweden Allsvenskan division one league. In 2013, Alhaji Andranhio Kamara won it for Malmoe FF. The 1.78 meters striker’s goal in the second half made him finish as the 2018/2019 top goal scorer with 15 in total. Mohamed Buya Turay is currently on loan from Belgium side St. Truden. However, with this remarkable achievement for the young sensational forward Mohamed Buya Turay winning this year’s title and earning the Golden Boot will attract top clubs to get his service. According to records, Mohamed Buya Turay is the third African footballer to win the Swedish Golden Shoe. The Swedish Allsvenskan is the country’s first division league seeing most Sierra Leonean players plying their professional trade. As Sierra Leone’s national team Leone Stars is preparing for this month’s Lesotho clash for the Cameroon 2021 AFCON Qualifiers in Freetown, the technical team might possibly select Turay to start the match. No football fan in the country will be allowed to watch the Leone Stars match against Lesotho, as the FA is facing a sanction from FIFA.
Four Sierra Leone female referees have successfully completed the five day FIFA Elite and Intermediate Members Association Referees Course which was concluded on 1st November, 2019 at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium in Freetown. The outstanding performance ratings by Fatmata Mansaray from Kono District and Precious Amara from the Western Area - Freetown tipped them to be referred to as “potential future FIFA referees” according to FIFA Instructors, Ali Mohammed Ahmed from Somalia and Mark Emzengo from Malawi. SLFA President Isha Johansen, who doubles as Chairperson of Referees Committee asked for a standing ovation to be given the four young ladies whom she referred to as “women changing our narrative and breaking barriers in a men’s game.” She added that it will be a proud moment to see these young female referees officiating in the upcoming WAFU 2019 women’s tournament to be hosted in Sierra Leone. Precious Amara gave the closing statement thanking the FA for its relentless efforts in developing and encouraging the growth of football especially for female referees.
The Old Edwardians Football Club and its Executive has announced the death of their Technical Director Derick Boyson.
According to the Club Secretary Amidu Koroma, Boison had a heart failure and was admitted at the Counnaught Hospital. After a series of treatments at the hospital, he was later discharged and was going for daily check-up.
Coach Derick Boyson passed away at his residence at Rock Lane, Brookfields in Freetown. Amidu Koroma further told AYV that the funeral is expected to be on 17th November but he is yet to confirm this from the family of the late man.
The Executive of East End Lions Football Club has officially appointed Alhaji Alpha Rashid as the Assistant Team Manager 2. Alpha Rashid was the chairman of the East End Lions Fan Club and has served in that capacity for over two years. Rashid took over the chairmanship position of East End Lions Fan Club from Mr. Abdul Karim Kargbo who is the current Administrative Secretary for the club.
After his appointment by the chairman Anthony Navo Jr. and the Executive, Mr. Alpha Rashid appreciated the club for his new assignment. He further thanked the Club Chairman and the Executive for giving him the opportunity to work with them especially to serve as the Second Assistant Team Manager.
Reflecting on his previous position, he congratulated and welcomed Dr. Tabitha Kamara as his successor to current club chairman. He said he believes that during their time they were able to win the 2019 Sierra Leone Premier League with an unbeaten record. He called on all supporters and keen followers of the club to continue their unflinching support to the club for the upcoming Sierra Leone Premier League.
Sierra Leone match against Lesotho in the Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Freetown on the 13th November will be the first time the two countries are facing each other in an official match.
The Crocodiles of Lesotho have never qualified for the African Cup of Nations and they are currently ranked 138 while Sierra Leone has qualified twice in 1994 and 1996, but are yet to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
As part of the Leone Stars preparations for the match ahead against Lesotho, the technical team has been engaging the boys on friendly matches with some clubs in the country. Two warm-up matches with the home-based national team have been played at the Kingtom Academy in Freetown. The first matches saw Leone Stars being held to a one all draw with East End Tigers Football Club and a one nil victory against second division side PS Zizo Foundation on the same day.
Assistant Coach II Amidu Karim told AYV that they are still working on the fitness of the boys which is why they are engaging them on friendly matches. He further said by the weekend they are travelling to Kono to battle with Diamond Stars and other teams.
However, sources close to the FA confirmed to this medium that the technical team is headed by Coach Sellas Tetteh and he has submitted a list of fifteen foreign-based players to be invited.
The Sierra Leone Handball Association has concluded their week-long International Handball Federation License ‘D’ Coaching Course. Twenty two local handball coaches were selected across the country for as a way to capacitate their coaching skills in the discipline.
Wolfgang Lowak is an international Handball coach form Germany. Whilst addressing the participants, he cautioned them to take the course seriously to push the game of Handball and in turn help identify Handball players to form a stronger national team.
In admonishing the coaches during the closing ceremony, Lamin Sesay is the deputy Director of Sports. He noted that to receive the certificate is one thing but it should not be swept under the carpet. He called on the coaches to form Handball teams in their various communities for the sport to grow in the country.
The certification ceremony ended with distribution of certificates and license to the twenty two participants.
Report reaching AYV states that the Assistant Coach for the national team Leone Stars; Musa Kallon and Leone Stars Welfare Officer Junior Lawson have been sent on indefinite suspension after the two went into blows during a training session. The act by both officials of the national team came as a surprise to many fans.
The incident happened during the national home-based football training for the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, at the Sierra Leone Football Association Academy at Kingtom.
According to Ibrahim Kamara, the media contact for the Sierra Leone Football Association, the two have been suspended indefinitely and the FA will set up an investigating committee to probe into the professional misconduct of the two men and present its findings in a report to the FA.
According to Musa Kallon in a phone interview with AYV, the decision by the FA to suspend them is unfortunate. He also said that his suspension was single-handedly done by Christopher Kamara the General Secretary of the Sierra Leone Football Association.
However, Leone Stars will engage Lesotho at home on the 13th November in the Cameroon 2021 African Cup of Nations. The match will be played behind closed doors due to the ban Sierra Leone faces after the Liberia match in Freetown.
The football match that played last evening of yesterday 21st October, between two arch football rivals Brookfields United and Foulah Town FC at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown ends in serious riot.
Supporters of the two teams after the encounter clashed along main streets of Freetown including Savage Street, Campbell Street, Siaka Stevens Street, Pademba road and environs.
The riot left properties worth millions of leones damaged and unconfirmed reports say one person died.
As long as Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job and social injustice exists, athletes will be inspired to use their platforms to raise their voices.
Monday night in the NFL was all about Drew Brees‘ record-setting statement on the field.
In the victorious locker room, running back Alvin Kamara had his own powerful message.
Alvin Kamara takes on Trump, props up Kaepernick
The New Orleans Saints running back stepped out for interviews after a win over the Washington Redskins wearing a San Francisco 49ers jersey and a hat reading “Make Africa Home Again,” posing for an image shared by The New Orleans Times Picayune’s Josh Katzenstein.
Why the 49ers jersey? It was a Colin Kaepernick jersey, of course.
In a season where sideline protests of social injustice during the national anthem have been fewer alongside dampened controversy over the subject, Kamara’s is one of the most powerful statements yet.
Kamara’s statement follows Eric Reid’s
It comes on the same week that Eric Reid returned to the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and took a knee during the anthem. Reid was a teammate of Kaepernick’s in San Francisco and the first player to join his quarterback in kneeling during the anthem.
A 26-year-old safety who started 69 of his 70 career games with the 49ers, Reid had trouble finding a job in the wake of the anthem controversy.
About that hat
Kamara’s bright red hat obviously wasn’t just to match his jersey, but to take on the “Make America Great Again” hats popular among supporters of President Donald Trump.
Trump has bullied protesting players and pressured owners to punish those who kneel, famously urging owners to “get that son of a bitch off the field.”
Issues haven’t disappeared with exciting NFL start
While the storylines of the NFL so far this season have centered around officiating controversies and soaring offenses, the underlying issues surrounding the social justice protests are still teeming.
Kamara’s post-game attire Monday is a stark reminder that those issues that sparked Kaepernick to kneel in the first place haven’t gone away just because the NFL season is off to an exciting start.
As long as Trump is still president, Kaepernick doesn’t have a job and social injustice exists in the United States, athletes will be inspired to use their platforms to raise their voices.
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The West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone A confirmed, after its extraordinary general assembly on 12th October 2019 in Dakar, the holding of the first women's football tournament in December this year in Bo and Makeni cities in Sierra Leone.