The Leone Stars versus Togo match, played on June 3, has brought smiles to the face of the SLFA President, Nahim Kadi, after he was presented with a Le180m cheque from Africell out of the match’s proceeds.
At a press conference yesterday at Africell’s Bathurst Street office in Freetown, the company’s managing director Robert Khoury said the partnership between his institution and SLFA was very cordial and hoped it would continue.
He stated that the agreement between both parties was for Africell to recoup all their expenses, but because of the appeal from Nahim Kadi for the coming match this Sunday, they decided to take less than half of their expenses which was about Le54m.
The marketing manager, Berlindo Percival Deigh, said to show that Africell was transparent all the records were with the SLFA.
SLFA’s President, Nahim Kadi, said he was very grateful to Africell and that he would like to see the partnership continue in the future. He thanked Africell for the support they had been giving the FA to develop the game.
Nahim Kadi took the opportunity to inform all present that Leone Stars would be leaving may be tonight by road to Conakry before flying out to Mali where they are supposed to arrive on Friday for the Sunday march. According to the breakdown given, 40,000 Open Stands ticket were printed with 33,654 sold. For the Covered Stands, 4000 were printed and 946 were sold. 800 were printed for the Presidential Stand and 669 were sold.There were 643 missing stumps with 543 coming from the Open Stands.
Robert Khoury appealed to all to help build the game for the future.