Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – KrooTown Road (KTR) FC clinched victory in the Triple K Veterans Tournament, securing the championship title after defeating Ascentonian FC in a post-match penalty shootout. The thrilling final, held at the Kroo Bay Community field on Sunday, December 31, 2023, concluded with a goalless draw (0-0) in full time.
Organized by Atto ‘Opong’ Manneh, former Mighty Blackpool player, the Triple K tournament was sponsored by the founders of “Say No To Drugs – Our Future Matters”: CEO Abu Bakar Sillah, also known as Capay Ivorian Sillas, and Mamadu Bobor Barrie, Chairman of Old Edwardians FC and Team Manager of KTR FC, who is also the founder of Barrie Help Foundation.
Six communities, including Kroo Town Road, Kroo Bay, Kingtom, Maroon Town, Ascension Town, and Sweissy Veterans, participated in the fourth edition. The sponsors, ‘Say No To Drugs,’ presented each participating community with a complete set of football kits.
The ‘Triple K’ tournament aims to foster camaraderie among childhood friends within the Kroo Town, Kroo Bay, and Kingtom communities. Bakar Sillah, born and raised in the Kroo Town Community and now based in the United Kingdom, initiated the Veterans Tournament to coincide with the festive season at the Kroo Bay Community field.
Capay Ivorian Sillas emphasized that the tournament’s purpose goes beyond maintaining unity and brotherhood within the communities. It also serves as a platform to raise awareness among the youth about the dangers of consuming drugs like Kush, which pose a threat to the nation’s future.
Deserving winners received trophies, medals, and certificates, while certificates of recognition were bestowed upon notable figures such as Bella Barrie of KTR FC, Chairman of Camp DIVA Football Association, Charles Carew, Counselor Coach Abdulai ‘Ordad’ Kabba, former Mighty Blackpool player Tieh Matteus, Coach Abdul Aziz Fofanah-FC Zizou, and Coach Abu Bakar Taker-Butak FC for their outstanding contributions to football within these communities. Additionally, gifts were presented to the five community chiefs. BT/3/1/2024