The Management of Mercury International Lottery and Betting Company in Sierra Leone on Friday presented a Le75m cheque to the executive of the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA). The presentation was done at the company’s headquarter at Krootown Road in Freetown by Joseph Herb the Company’s Operation Manager. In his statement, he said it has pleased the company to donate the above amount to the Cricket Association as their own help for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) tour in Sierra Leone. He said that his wish for the association is a successful tournament and a happy stay for the visitors. Receiving the cheque on behalf of the association, the Chairman of the Cricket Board Beresford Bournes-Coker thanked the company for their timely intervention. He said hosting the No1 cricket club in the world – MCC – their target was to prepare three cricket ovals. Among the three he said one is the home of cricket in Sierra Leone, the Kingtom Ovals and the POW School Ovals at Kingtom. The Chairman said in May this year they met President Bio at the State House and informed him about the MCC Tour and the senior male ICC Regional World Cup qualifying tournament.
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He went on that the President promised them that he will do his level best to rebrand the home of cricket at Kingtom. As per the president order, the Ministry of Works did the estimate for rehabilitation and handed over the budget to the Sports Ministry. But with the time running fast, without getting anything from the budget, they decided to use the little they have and asked for loan and task themselves to rehabilitate the POW school field and the Mokonde Ovals at the Njala University College Compound at Njala. He went on that for the tour preparation alone they need over Le100m not to talk about the ICC tournament. Bournes-Coker said they will now use part of the money to offset some of their debts and manage the remaining amount to cater for the welfare of the visitors and to continue with the rehabilitation work while waiting for the government fund. The MCC contingent of a 16-person delegation will arrive in Sierra Leone on Thursday 28th November 2019.
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