Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The Freetown Amputee team, defending champions, emerged victorious in the 5th edition of the nationwide Amputee competition, securing the prestigious President Bio Trophy. The competition, held from 2nd to 4th February 2024 in Kailahun, featured five teams competing for the coveted trophy.
Albert Mustapha, the Public Relations Officer of the Single Leg Amputee team, provided insights into the competition’s format, indicating that it followed a round-robin structure with each team playing four matches. At the conclusion of the three-day event, the team with the highest points was crowned the champion.
Mustapha revealed that the Freetown Amputee team secured 10 points, winning three matches and drawing one out of the four played. Makeni secured the second position with 7 points, winning two matches, drawing one, and losing one. The Kenema Amputee team claimed the third spot with 6 points, winning one and drawing three matches.
Hosts Kailahun secured the fourth position with 5 points, winning one, drawing two, and losing one match. Unfortunately, the Bo Amputee team failed to secure any points, as they did not win or draw any of their matches.
The President Bio Trophy was named in recognition of President Bio’s commitment to the Single Leg Amputee team. The runners-up trophy is named Juldeh Jalloh, acknowledging significant contributions, and the third-place trophy is named Fatima Bio.
Foday S Kanu, also known as Osimhen from Makeni Amputee team, emerged as the highest goal-scorer in the competition, scoring five goals. Prof. Gbassay Koroma was awarded the title of Single Leg Best Player of the Year.
The nationwide Amputee competition showcased not only the sporting prowess of the participating teams but also the spirit of resilience and determination among amputee athletes. BT/6/2/2024