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Junior Tumbu Gone Too Soon

OH NOT AGAIN SIERRA LEONEANS BACK HOME AND WITHIN THE DIASPORA.ANOTHER HERO JUNIOR TUMBU GONE TOO SOON! By Chairman Daniel Oldfield

During the mid-70s/80s and early 90s, LAMIN CONTEH aka (Junior Tumbu) became a household name in football circles from the grassroots level. Mostly in the company of his friend Like brother Junior Parade Koroma, and others hit the headlines on Newspapers and radio sports programs. I last chatted with Junior when I published my 38th wedding anniversary on April 28th. He promised to call me this weekend, from his base in Kenema. News of his death came as a huge surprise, but then DEATH IS INEVITABLE. From the various primary schools, to back yard and several Junior football leagues almost over Freetown and its environs Jr Tumbu featured. When Mr Malama-Thomas, assisted by Abu Kabba and Sullay, recruited what later became known as SIERRA STARS (U-17) he had the likes of Late Jr Tumbu/Jr Parade, Rashid Wurie, Edward Abullay, Jarzinho, late Keita, Mike Gibson, Mohamed Ladjo, Kemokai Kallon, Captain Osman Tolo, Torass Bangura, Mohamed Mansaray. etc etc. I was with them during practice and friendly matches throughout the provinces. They became the core of LEONE STARS, winning the Amilca Cabral Zone 11 tournament in 1993 and 1995, and the two Nations cup Tunisia 94′ and South Africa 96′.They were discovered by Belgium Football Scout Brokken, who took the bulk of them to their first PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTS IN BELGIUM…Oh no our play-maker and master dribbler (Football work Master) sending opponents the wrong way at just the wriggle of his hips. Oh, no Junior you wi forever be missed/remembered. Stay posted with Your’s Truly Chairman, I will explore all avenues to get the thoughts of the late players’ peers/ friends alike.

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SLFA SECURES APPROVAL TO HOST HOME MATCHES AT THE STADE GENERAL LANSANA CONTE IN GUINEA

The Sierra Football Association (SLFA) and the Federation Guinea de Football (FGF) have today Saturday April 23rd, in a meeting held at the FGF secretariat, successfully reached an agreement to host Sierra Leone’s home matches in the upcoming TotalEnergies 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers at the Stade General Lansana Conte in Conakry Guinea.

Representing Sierra Leone at the said meeting were the Deputy Ambassador to Guinea H. E. Hamid Taal, SLFA’s General Secretary Christopher Kamara and his team of Secretariat Staff including the Protocol and Event Manager Abubakarr Kamara, Corporate Affairs Manager Mohamed Benson Bawoh and Media and Marketing Officer Lamin Tarawallie.

The Sierra Leone delegation was warmly received by the General Secretary of the Federation Guinea de Football Lancinet Keita Kabassan and his team, in accordance with FIFA and CAF protocols.

It could be recalled that the Confederation of Africa Football had declared the Siaka Steven Stadium, among other venues across the continent, as unfit to host professional matches after failing to meet the CAF set standards.

In an effort to rehabilitate the Siaka Steven Stadium, the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Sports and the National Sports Authority has recently handed over the facility to the Chinese Aid for a thorough refurbishment and upgrading.

The renovation exercise is said to last for at least two years.

Consequently, Leone Stars will now have to play all their AFCON 2023 Qualifying home matches away from home.

The Sierra Leone Football Association delegation is expected to back home tomorrow Sunday April 24 as the federation with support from government intensifies preparation, both technically and administratively, ahead of the qualifiers.

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SLFA Officials in Conakry Guinea to engage the FGF on the use of the Lansana Conte Stadium

Four SLFA officials led by the GS Chris Kamara are in Conakry Guinea to engage the FGF on the use of the Lansana Conte Stadium for Sierra Leone’s home matches in the AFCON 2023 Qualifiers.

They had a brief curtesy meeting with SL Dept. Amb. H.E. Hamid Taal this morning.

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Leone Stars To Battle With Nigeria, Guinea Bissau And Sao Tome At The AFCON 2023 Qualifiers

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SLFA Secretary-General Mr Christopher Kamara has been suspended with immediate effect by the SLFA Ethics Committee

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Deputy Finance Minister presents a cash gift of $28,000 to Leone Stars

The newly appointed Deputy Minister 2 of the Ministry of Finance Mr Bockarie Kalokoh has yesterday, through support from Sierra Fishing Company, fulfilled his promise of gifting $28,000 to Leone Stars.

Mr Kalokoh had promised the 28-man squad the said amount with a challenge that they at least get a draw in Sierra Leone’s first AFCON 2021 match against defending champions Algeria which eventually ended in a 0-0 draw.

The former MD of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank presented the money to the SLFA President Thomas Daddy Brima through the Minister of Sports Ibrahim Nyelenkeh at the Lagoonda Complex during a Thank You Dinner organized yesterday night by Mr Kalokoh in honour of Leone Stars.

The SLFA General Secretary Mr Christopher Kamara, who was also present at the dinner, has said that the FA will waste no time in sharing the $28,000 among the 28-man AFCON 2021 squad.

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LEONE STARS ARRIVE IN BUEA AHEAD FINAL GROUP E MATCH ON THURSDAY

A delegation of 28 players and 23 officials led by the Sierra Leone Football Association Vice President 1 Mr. Harold Nat-Johnson has this afternoon safely arrived in the City of Buea, in the Southwest Region of Cameroon ahead of Sierra Leone’s final Group E match against Equatorial Guinea on Thursday, January 20.

The team has checked in at the Parliamentarian Flat Hotel, situated on the hills of Buea City, after a warm reception by the Hotel Manager Mr. Nfor Theadeus who presented a bouquet to the leader of delegation Mr. Nat-Johnson and Team Manager Babadi Kamara, as a token of “good luck”.

Stay tuned for more stories around the team…

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Osman Kakay And David Sesay Of Leone Stars have both tested Positive for COVID-19

Confirmed! Leone Stars defenders David Sesay & Osman Kakay have both tested positive for Covid-19 and will therefore not be part of the squad against @IvoryCoast on Sunday, January 16. The 2 are however in a good shape receiving medical attention in isolation. #GetWellSoon #TeamSierraLeone #AFCON2021

Kakay and Sesay are currently in isolation responding to medical treatment.

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SLFA Appoints Mohamed Kallon As Leone Stars Ambassador For The AFCON 2021 Tournament In Cameroon

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Pre Competition Cardiac Assessment Successfully Completed By Leone Stars Full Squad

The full Leone Stars squad have today, in compliance with the AFCON regulation, successfully undergone the Pre Competition Cardiac Assessment to ascertain the fitness of the players.