Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Abu Bakar Sillah, the CEO and co-founder of “Say No To Drugs – Our Future Matters,” added significant support to the organizers of the Veteran Unite Tournament by presenting five official match footballs, three individual award trophies, one full set of jerseys, socks, and a purse containing cash to the Retired Football Heroes.
The Barrie Help Foundation and Ivorian Sillas, in collaboration with the Veteran Unite Tournament organized by former footballers Mohamed Sasso and Amidu ‘Freaky’ Koroma, kicked off this year’s edition at St. Edwards Secondary School in Kingtom. The official opening ceremony featured a match between Ascensionnians Veterans and Dwazark Veterans, officiated by Alhaji Umaru Bah, the Chairman of Real Republicans FC.
Capay Ivorian Sillas expressed his delight in giving back to his former colleagues and urged them to join him in the fight against drugs. He emphasized the potential hindrance to the country’s economic productivity if drug abuse continues to affect the able-bodied youth.
“If Drug Abuse consumes the able-bodied youth, who will be our future doctors? Who will be our future lawyers? Who will be our future teachers? Who will be our future leaders? Let’s come together and join the fight against drugs. Let’s save this generation and those behind us,” said Sillas. He stressed the importance of a united front in the campaign against drugs and the need to provide better opportunities for addicts and those at risk of addiction.
“Join me in this fight; let’s all Say No To Drugs,” he added.
Sillas called on all stakeholders, members of the football fraternity, and the community at large to join hands and contribute to saving the next generation from the perils of drug abuse. BT/26/12/2023