By Ishmail Saidu Kanu, BBN Sports

Alhassan Koroma’s 48-minute strike was enough to seal a 1-0 victory for East End Lions against arch rivals FC Kallon at the Siaka Stevens Stadium on Saturday.

The match, which many described as the “title decider” attracted over 35,000 Sierra Leoneans from across the country.

The win has given the Killers a four-point advantage (45 points) at the top of the league with three more matches to play.

According to Coach John Keister, the win serves as a motivation to the team. "We’ll continue this way until the end of the season. My players are always ready to deliver for the team”.

FC Kallon’s Amidu Karim expressed disappointment over the result. "The result was not good for us at all. We didn’t take our chances during the match”.

“The race is not yet over because we have three more matches to play. The title is still open to both teams”

FC Kallon will face East End Tigers, Kamboi Eagles and Bo Rangers in their last three encounters.

League Leaders East End Lions will end their campaign with Freetown City FC, Central Parade and Mighty Blackpool.

Two wins for Lions will earn them the title even if Kallon wins all their remaining matches.

The Cavaliers also have a chance of clinching the title if other results go their way. FrontPage04072014.

On Saturday 22nd June 2019, the British High Commission in Freetown in partnership with the Ministries of Sport and Education, and UNICEF Sierra Leone hosted the first soccer aid gala match in Freetown.

The matches took place in celebration of the Soccer Aid appeal, which is raising funds to help children in Sierra Leone have a better start in life. The UK government is matching donations to the appeal made before 23 July up to £3 million.

UKaid and UNICEF will use these funds to help improve the health of mothers, newborn babies, and children under 5 in Sierra Leone. This will support projects such as: training midwives to help mothers deliver babies safely; treating malnutrition in critically ill children; and training pre-school teachers so children can learn and thrive in their key early years. 

Addressing the spectators and players, the British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Guy Warrington, said:

‘It’s fantastic to be here with these young players to celebrate the power of sport to bring people together. I’m delighted we can celebrate the Soccer Aid appeal, which is defending play for every child, by playing our own matches here in Freetown. Through this appeal Sierra Leone will receive vital funds raised by the UK public, and matched by the UK government to double the difference made to children’s lives.’

The recent Soccer Aid match played in London is the world’s biggest celebrity football match and saw footballing legends lining up against world-famous names at Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge stadium. Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, and Usain Bolt called on the UK public to give generously, to help more children in Sierra Leone have a childhood full of play.

The Matches was played between the Skye Rangers Football Foundation and the Bilbao Foundation for the Boys team, And the Potter United with Mahmoud FC for the girl’s team. Bilbao Foundation and Mahmoud FC eventually emerged triumphant.FrontPage4072019.

 

 

 

Isha Johansen

By Mohamed Taly Jalloh

Sierra Leone Football Association President Isha Johansen and Chris Kamara secretary General were acquitted and discharged on corruption offences by a Freetown High Court Sierra Leone Holden in Freetown on Monday 27th May 2019, by Justice Reginald Finn who said the prosecution had failed to prove their case and that there was no evidence before him to hold the defendants culpable.

 This ruling means that Football world governing body, FIFA will likely lift the ban on the country. A statement from the Anti-Corruption Commission has confirmed that Isha Johansen, along with Sierra Leone Football Association General Secretary Christopher Kamara, can return to their posts. This will help pave the way for the lifting of a ban from global football by FIFA.

Meanwhile the Department of Prosecution  of the ACC will therefore review the judgment and the decision of the court, and a decision will be taken in due course whether or not to appeal the judgment.

It could be recalled that the football governing body FIFA, suspended Sierra Leone in October last year due to the third-party interference in the running of the SLFA.

 The ban came after the country's anti-corruption commission (ACC) set aside Johansen and Kamara and handed over control of the SLFA to vice-president Brima Mazola Kamara and assistant secretary general Abdul Rahman Swarray. Shortly after the suspension FIFA said it would "wait for the completion of the trial before further measures can be considered, including the lifting of the suspension, if deemed appropriate." Sierra Leone was disqualified from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign because of the ban. It means Kenya and Ghana qualified for the competition from Group F.

  Johansen and Kamara were forced to vacate their posts until their case on corruption-related charges concludes. Now it has been concluded in favour of the embattled president and her secretary general. Although ACC intends to appeal the case, Football-loving fans welcome the news and hope unity will prevail among the stakeholders. Sierra Leone has been without a domestic league for four years because of the divisions within the SLFA.

  The two-some were standing trial on three counts of corruption brought by the ACC. They were accused of misappropriating US$50,000 given to SLFA by CAF for covering of cost for the conduct of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Tests on 30 players of the Sierra Leone under-17 team in 2014 and dishonestly appropriated US$ 5,000 to repay a loan to the husband of Isha, Arne Johansen.

 

 

 

 

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The Sierra Leone Cricket Association, SLCA, has called at State House to update President Julius Maada Bio on their recent achievements and present awards from the 2019 ICC Women's World Cup qualifier on 29th May 2019.
Chairman Board of Directors, SLCA, Beresford Burnes Coker, said they were pleased to meet the President as an association for the first time since his election last year.

He said cricket might not be the most popular sport in the country, but it had proven to be among the most successful sporting disciplines because of the numerous achievements of the association abroad. 

He disclosed that the discipline had done quite a lot and for which the country was ranked second in Africa and thirty out of one hundred and five nations around the world, with the only female coach in Africa.

He said cricket was not only a sport but also a social tool that helps in the development of society.

He added that they were putting measures in place to ensure that the game was played around the country, especially in schools.

“We are, however, challenged by the absence of a standard pitch to practice the game and we want Government to consider helping with that. Over the years, we have also been challenged with funding major international competitions, so we want to plead with the Government to support future competitions. Our country has a lot of young talents with the potential to bring more glories to the country,” he assured.
Minister of Sports, Ibrahim Nyelenkeh, who was also part of the meeting, said: “We are here to present the Cricket Association to the President, as a sign of appreciation for your support to the growth of the discipline in the country.”

In his response, President Bio expressed thanks to the visiting team for their good work and for updating him on their activities.

He said the country was making great progress in Cricket competitions abroad, noting that it was his responsibility to promote all the sporting disciplines in the country.

He also said that his Government would look into the concerns of the Association and promised to invest in the discipline because of its impressive achievements.

He assured that in the interim his Government would try to improve the conditions of the existing cricket training ground in Freetown. FrontPage31052019.
 

President of the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire, Ambassador Anthony Navo (Jnr), has been officially crowned as Chairman of the East End Lions Football Club.

Navo’s elevation to the club’s top position came following a successful five-year tenure as Vice President under the leadership of Sanusi Bruski.

The appointment of Ambassador Navo to provide quality leadership for the East End Lions Club has rejuvenated hope in the minds of football fans across the country over the future of the game of football.

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