In preparation for the country’s 49th Independence celebration on the 27th April this year, Sierra Leoneans in Kenya have lined up several activities including friendly football matches to mark this event on the 1st May in Nairobi.
According to the Chairman of the Sierra Leone Football Club in Kenya, Foday Kargbo, the club has garnered support from fellow compatriots in Kenya as its membership is growing on a weekly basis.
“It will interest you to know the kind of motivation my players have in preparation for the Independence Day friendly encounter with Zambia as more professional football players join our camp”, the chairman boastfully explained.
“As a result of this crucial match, we have organized a friendly encounter with a club in Kenya this Saturday at the Don Bosco (Utume) play grounds as a warm up for the final day”, he added.
The current veteran players in the Salone line up the Chairman disclosed include the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Oliver Somasa- aka OBM (on transfer from Njala Uni. FC 70s squad), the Deputy Consul in Kenya Abdul Kargbo aka Igbey (from Eastern Freetong on loan), Foday Kargbo (Binkolo- Safroko FC), Manius Gbories- aka Prospective Candidate (on loan from VP’s Mayii warriors in Vaama-Kono), Manzu (magazine strikers), William Carew aka Boku Tok (St. John area FC on loan to IPPF), Mohamed Kamara-aka Basta No.9 (Home based Bai Bureh Warriors), Osman Conteh, Oluny Carew, Victor Alpha, Daniel Libby and Edwin among others.
According to the Salone Team Captain Emmanuel Turay who also doubles as the club’s number one goalkeeper, the players are in top form though there are some technicalities they need to put in place to win their matches especially making the Friday’s before the matches as a FREE DAY from all nocturnal activities.
Other strikers expected to join the line up include, DJ Pius from the Dee Jays FC in Salone and Holland and Francis Lenoh from ‘Torgboi FC’.
The team captain expressed thanks and appreciation to the Salone Consulate Office in Nairobi for donating sets of expensive sports jerseys to the club.
Meanwhile the Salone team is still scouting out for a coach as several professional coaches have been ear marked including Professor Joseph G.M Massaquoi, Dr James N. Kamara, Tennyson Williams of Action Aid, and Titus Panda (from Salone)
By Emmanuel Turay