One of Sierra Leone’s most improved and talented cyclists Saidu Mansaray has told Awoko Sports that he is going to maintain his position in the national team to be part of the team that will represent Sierra Leone in Guinea in November.
He mentioned that with his present position he will not relent he will train more so that he becomes champion of Sierra Leone in the coming years.
He stated that he has taken four years in the sport and he is currently in the national team. Mansaray says he has taken part in three international competitions – two in the Mano River cycling peace tour in Sierra Leone and Liberia and the other one was in Guinea.
He mentioned that he was not able to perform well in Sierra Leone because his bicycle was not in good shape and he came ninth.
He went further that the following year in Liberia he was more matured with a very good bicycle and he was able to end in second position. For the tour in Guinea he said he did his best and if he has sponsored he will do more.
He disclosed that during the local competition that is sponsored by local companies or by the association he has done very well and has always been among the best six.
Saidu mentioned that since he started to compete he has made sure that he has completed all the races no matter what time it will take him to finish the race even suffering mechanical failure he will still complete the race.
He revealed that he likes cycling as the sport has made him to become popular. Now he says he is known in every part in Sierra Leone and some parts of Africa.
He mentioned that if the national cycling team is called upon to represent Sierra Leone in other international competition apart from the Mano River cycling peace competition they will bring trophies home as this is always their aim and objective.
Saidu noted that he has a good relationship with the executive that some of them have helped him to still be participating in the sport until this current time because of the encouragement they always give him before and after the competition.
He went further to praise the president of the association Winston Crowther for the contribution he is making to the association to lift the sports to its current height not only in Sierra Leone but in the sub-region.
He said that with the way things are going some of the cyclists who were in the national team may lose their place to new and upcoming cyclists in the coming months.
He appealed to his colleague cyclists to take the sports very serious if they are to make an impact in the coming years ahead.