The former Liverpool and Newcastle striker will launch his football academy tomorrow at the Tombo community alongside important government officials including the Minister of Education Youth and Sports, Dr. Minkailu Bah.
The project has been positively welcomed by President Bai Koroma such that a 25-acre site was provided on which to start the building of the Academy.
The Craig Bellamy foundation will match the standards in the Barclay’s premier league, however this great player has a vision for the country which extends way beyond his nascent elite residential football school.
The West Ham and Wales International striker, Craig Bellamy will finally arrive in Freetown today with his manager and coaches who will run the football academy.
Speaking to Awoko Sports, Durosimi Thomas, Public Relations Officer of the Craig Bellamy foundation, said the sectional skipper is also expected to meet with the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma before he leaves Freetown on Monday.
Thomas also revealed that the English premier league star will face the Sierra Leone Amputee team on Sunday in beach soccer and he will also play against the National U-14 and the female team.
“This is going to be the second coming of Bellamy in this country, and his coming is a blessing for grassroot football in the country,” Thomas said.
According to Thomas the construction of the academy will start in November and the national U-14 league will commence during the same month.
He also disclosed that the academy will be ready in March next year, adding that the devoted striker has vowed to be in this project for life as he loves Sierra Leone and wants to improve football in the country.
He decided to have an academy in Sierra Leone because the country has no football structure whatsoever. The result is not only the five –star academy but the Craig Bellamy foundation league will also be running.