Women’s Under 20 Coach Optimistic Over Morocco Wednesday Friendly

By Jida Kiz Kamara in Rabat, Morocco

The Women’s football Under 20 head coach, Victoria Conteh is optimistic that her team will shine in tomorrow’s friendly encounter against their Moroccan counterpart in Rabat, Morocco.
“This match is very important to us in many aspects. It will help us build the physical and confidence level of the team as well as giving the players international exposure. We will use this match to text our game plan and see whether we are in the right direction or not. In the end, we will come out of this match with our heads raised up,” coach Conteh said.

Team Captain, Rashidatu Kamara, who plays for Mahmoud FC – one of the best female team in Sierra Leone; has assured of a convincing victory when the two sides meet tomorrow morning (10am).
“We have trained a lot and ready to showcase our talents. We will make Sierra Leone proud and be a force to reckon with,” she assured.

This is the second international friendly for a Sierra Leone women’s team since the inception of women’s football in the country in 1985. The first was a 0-0 draw in Freetown against Liberia to commemorate the International Women’s Day in 2014.
The Sierra Leone Under 20 team progressed to the 2nd Rounds of the Africa qualifiers for the U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 in France after both Libya and Tunisia pulled out of the competition at the Preliminary and 1st Round stages respectively.

Sierra Leone will now face either Guinea or Cameroon in the 2nd Rounds of the qualifiers in November this year.
Guinea and Cameroon will play in the 1st Rounds in September for a spot in the 2nd Rounds of eight countries in which only two will make it to France 2018.


High Court Relaxes Injunction Slammed On SLFA

A High Court Judge has on Friday August 25th ordered that “funds be made available by the executive committee whose mandate was extended by the Fifa letter of 3rd August 2017” to permit the FA in running the affairs of the Secretariat until the substantive matter is dealt with.
19 people took the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), its President Madam Isha Johansen, its two Vice Presidents; Brima Mazolla Kamara, Alie Kargbo, and its two Ex-Officio members; Alie Badara Tarawallie and Harold Nat Johnson to court seeking an injunction to restrain the five Executive members from running the affairs of the Sierra Leone Football Association and also from operating the association’s bank accounts after their term of office ended on August 3 “until the determination of the substantive matter”.
Upon serving the sermon to the SLFA Secretariat and the five Executive members, the court ordered a temporal injunction with immediate effect and added: “An order to appoint a receiver in the persons of one of the Regional Chairmen who have legitimacy as Vice President is hereby granted”.
After deliberation from both counsels for the plaintiff and the defense on August 24th and 25th, High Court Judge Dworzark said “Having heard Counsel on both sides and having perused the documents filed therein and referred to in oral argument by both sides this court orders:
1. A stay of proceedings of the substantive action and all subsequent proceedings.
2. That funds be made available by the executive committee whose mandate was extended by the Fifa letter of 3rd August 2017 to permit
– The U-20 Women’s Friendly Match to go ahead.
– The wafu tournament in Ghana to go ahead.
– The payments of staff salaries for end of August 2017 and administrative expenses such as electricity, inter alia until the Task Force arrives in Sierra Leone and meets in mid – September.
This order is only valid until the substantive matter is dealt with,” Judge Dworzark said.
Counsel for the Plaintiff is Luawa Chambers represented by Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai while the defense Counsel, Tanner Legal Associates was represented by Siman Alie Mans-Conteh.
The matter was adjourned to September 17, 2017.

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Sierra Leone Women’s U-20 Progress To Last 8 In World Cup Qualifiers

Sierra Leone Women’s Under-20 team has progressed to the last eight (quarter finals) of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, France 2018 qualifiers after Tunisia withdrew from the competition due to reasons unknown.
The Sierra Leone team was scheduled to play the first leg in Tunis on September 15 with the return leg in Freetown due two weeks later.
According to a letter from the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) dated August 23rd and signed by the Competitions Director, Shereen Arafa, the fixtures of both legs between Sierra Leone and Tunisia have been canceled.
“We regret to inform you that the team of Tunisia withdrew from the Africa preliminaries FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, France 2018 qualifiers. Consequently, the above matches are canceled and Sierra Leone team is qualified for the next round,” the letter stated.
Sierra Leone will now play the winner between Guinea and Cameroon in the Second Round of the qualifiers with the first leg set for November 3rd and the return leg two weeks later.
Meanwhile, the Morocco Football Federation has invited the Sierra Leone national U-20 women’s team for a friendly encounter scheduled for August 26/27 at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco.
A 30-man delegation is expected to leave the shores of Freetown on August 25 and return on the 31st.


Morocco Confirms Invitation To Host Sierra Leone National U-20 In Friendly Encounter

“The narrative of the rise of African women in Football is about to Change…” – SLFA Boss Johansen

Morocco Football Federation has invited the Sierra Leone national U-20 women’s team for a friendly encounter scheduled for August 26/27 at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco.
A 30-man delegation will depart the shores of Freetown on August 25 and return on the 31st.
The invitation from the Royal Kingdom of Morocco FA is borne out of the cooperation signed by both President Johansen and President Fouazi Lakjaa of the Moroccan FA. The cooperation is a mutual agreement aimed at fostering strong ties between the two Football Associations and by extension, building strong ties between the two countries.

Female football will be an area that both FAs will endeavor to strengthen and build knowledge and strength from each other. The youth league and national teams for both male and female categories are part of the agreement, which will see football administrators and technical officials benefit from.
Johansen has pledged to use her global goodwill to promote and strengthen the natural football talents that is in abundance in Sierra Leone.

Head Coach, Victoria Conteh expressed optimism in winning against their Moroccan counterpart and further described the friendly as “timely” and “a platform for international exposure”.
“This match will help us display the tactics we’ve learnt over the past weeks and will also be used as a training for our Tunisia encounter two weeks later. We hope to do our best and make Sierra Leone proud,” Coach Conteh said.
Both Sierra Leone and Morocco are preparing for the First Round Africa qualifying series for the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Sierra Leone will be playing away to Tunisia on September 15; the same day that Morocco will host Senegal.

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FIFA & CAF Letters Of Condolence To Sierra Leone.

World Governing Body of Football (FIFA) President and Confederation of African Football (CAF) President INFANTINO and AHMAD send letters of condolences to Sierra Leone.

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Meet Maggie Barrie Representing Sierra Leone At The IAAF

All roads lead to the Olympic Stadium in London for the opening day of the two weeks long IAAF world championships in London 2017. It promises to be an explosive affair both on track and field events. Day one will witness world and Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah’s resolve to defend his 10,000m crown, against suspected tough contest challenges from Kenyan/Ethiopian world class field..

In the meantime the world’s fastest man will start the heats in the defence of his 100m, with the final slated for Saturday.will the likes of American Justin Gatlin, Yohan Blake of Jamaica, in the absence if Canada’s Andre De Grasse etc, spoil BOLT’S farewell party ?

In the ladies division, after a well planned season it promises to be an explosive affair between Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson of Jamaica,the American Torie Bowie in both 100/200m with Daphne Shippers of the Netherlands also in contention.

However, as a Sierra Leonean it is my hope that our compatriots out there in London will give their full support to one of our athlete female 400m sprinter MAGGIE BARRIE, a student of the OHIO State University, who set a new national record in the event..In a brief telephone chat with colleague and friend CEO African Monthly SPORTS Leslie Koroma, he expressed confidence in our young Sierra Leone Athlete Maggie Barrie. Other African female Athletes to watch are, Ivorians Marie Josee’ Ta Lou, Murielle Ahoure and Nigerian Blessing Okagbare the Common Wealth Games 2015 gold medalist. There is also Rio 2016 gold medalist in Heptathlon Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam of a Senegalese Father.


By Daniel Oldfield
Chairman Daniel Oldfields Corner

A Plea To President Koroma By Daniel Oldfield

The Bible and I believe the Holy Koran says we MUST be our’s brother’s/sister’s Keeper, meaning we should be concerned for mankind regardless. Thats why I’m using this forum to appeal to the Father of the Nation and lover of Sports President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, to use his good office to ensure Mohamed Kallon does not LOOSE His Property along Lumley Beach Road. This is what the head or senior staff of Sierra Leone Tourist Board insinuated during an interview on the popular program THE PODIUM at SLBC Sierra Leone at New England, just last week. He was asked by the young host about Mohamed Kallon’s Property, the Tourist Board official boldly noted “WE ARE GOING TO REPOSSESS THE LAND !!what does he mean by uttering such nonsense? Even when pushed by the presenter about them giving Kallon a second chance, he shrugged that off by saying The Patriot who’ve done so much for Sierra Leone didn’t live up to expectations. In fact they stopped the construction of what would have been a Hotel with employment opportunities for many. For all they say,  National Tourist Board would have plans already to sell the guys property to Foreigners, most likely Chinese, among others. President Koroma’s Agenda for PROSPERITY shouldn’t be translated into Patriotic Sierra Leoneans like Kallon losing their hard earned PROPERTY to any foreigner. The Nigerian/Ghanaian governments will never treat their Stars both past and present in that manner. The likes of J.J.Okocha, Nwanko Kanu or Abedi Pele, Asamoah Gyan no way. Mohamed Kallon sweated and bled defending the Green-white-blue of Mama Salone. He doesn’t deserve his property seized by Thieves and unpatriotic people parading as the big guys in Town. I’m not related to Kallon neither do I have any vested interest, I’m a journalist who believes JUSTICE MUST BE SEEN TO BE DONE.

Thanks Mr President Sir.

Lets all stay blessed..