Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Former Sierra Leone 100-, 200-, and 400-meters runner, Albert Kobba, widely known as ‘Marlo,’ has been unanimously appointed as the new President of Camp Canada, one of Sierra Leone’s top Athletics Clubs. Kobba takes over the role from the former president of the Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA), Alhaji Abdul Karim Sesay, who served as the club’s president since its inception.
Several other individuals were elected to serve as executive members, forming a dynamic team to lead the club. Notable appointments include former Sierra Leone fastest runner, Ibrahim Karim Bangura, as Vice President, Sylvino Kamara as Secretary, Alusine Deen Sesay as Coordinator, Haja Fatmata Sesay as Treasurer, and Misbao Jalloh as Financial Secretary, among others.
The club has also named experienced individuals to key coaching and advisory roles, with Alim Kamara as Head Coach and Amara Taylor Kamara as Assistant Coach. Former President Alhaji Abdul Karim Sesay will now serve as a Senior Adviser, bringing his wealth of experience to support the club.
Albert Kobba expressed his delight at serving as the President of one of Sierra Leone’s premier Athletics Clubs. He fondly remembered Camp Canada as a close-knit family that was once second to none, emphasizing the need to restore the club’s values of unity, discipline, and support.
Kobba highlighted the competitive and goal-oriented culture that characterized the club in the past, vowing to bring back the spirit of competitiveness and camaraderie among members. He acknowledged the challenges faced by the club, including disputes and a loss of unity, which he aims to address with his team.
In outlining his vision, Kobba emphasized the importance of identifying and supporting young athletes, fostering trust, transparency, accountability, and good governance within the club. He pledged to be available and approachable, ensuring that every member feels included and supported nationally and internationally.
“My executive and I would work very hard to provide the necessary support needed by the athletes,” Kobba stated. He concluded by expressing his commitment to revitalizing Camp Canada, instilling a sense of love, peace, and unity, and ultimately reclaiming the club’s status as a trophy-winning powerhouse. BT/6/2/2024