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I am Muctaru Wurie from Freetown, Sierra Leone. I blog on a variety of subject from my homeland and most of my post feature well researched stories I do.

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Sierra Leone Premier League Kicks Off After Long Delay

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Local football fans turn out at the launch of the 2011 Sierra Leone Premier League

Local football fans turn out at the launch of the 2011 Sierra Leone Premier League

After a delay of about six months, the Sierra Leone Premier League finally kicks off tonight (26 February, 2011) at the National Stadium in Freetown after a much protracted delay. The nation’s premier football league has been postponed several times and because of the delay, the league will be played on a one match basis. Teams will not play on a home and away basis and instead they will only play on a one leg basis, according to John Konteh of the Premier League board the one-leg basis was chosen because the league wanted to enable Sierra Leone to present teams in time to take part in CAF continental tournaments.
The league which is co-sponsored by leading mobile company Africell will once more put to test the progress Sierra Leone football has made in recent times. In earnest, football in Sierra Leone is still struggling and the main reason for the delay was due to lack of sponsors. An executive of one of the leading company that turned down an approach for sponsorship told me her company refused because they do not trust the efficiency of the board and the Sierra Leone FA, the source who chose to be anonymous because she has friendly ties members of the Premier League Board (PLB) and the FA noted that as long as Sierra Leone football fails to portray a genuine corporate and corrupt free image they will always struggle to get a good sponsorship deal. In launching the league, new minister of sports Paul Kamara insinuated this concern and said they are working to give the nation’s football a facelift and bring back those glory days when football was not only a revered sport across the country but also when football was run by reputable people. New PLB head, Rodney Michael in his opening speech today pledged to do exactly that and promised that they will surely try to give credence and success to Sierra Leone football. That will surely be a tough bet that all of us will be looking towards.
In the league opening fixture, Ports Authority takes on Mighty Blackpool and the match had a frantic opening as both sides tried to take advantage early on. Halfway into the first half Blackpool keeper made a huge misjudgement when he elbowed Port’s Muhahid Sesay inside the box, the referee wasted no time and pointed for the spot kick, Blackpool goalie Banjou was lucky to escape a possible red with the referee choosing to give a yellow card instead. Port’s however took the lead after Donald Wellington stepped up and coolly sent the keeper the wrong way. Port supporters celebrated the first goal in the 2011 Premier League season.
Mighty Blackpool star Lamin Suma gave his team a glimmer of hope after he levelled the score with a spectacular forty yard strike that rifled into the net giving the Port’s goalie no chance. Ports Authority, the team who had dominated this match surely got the advantage after Mighty Blackpool’s Baimba Kamara was sent off. In the 80th minute Muhahid Sesay took advantage of a defensive blunder in the Blackpool defence and bailed the ball over the advancing goalie. It was the final goal of the match, but Port’s known here as the Water Front Boys surely deserved this victory and they will look on to build on this for the rest of the season.

Footballer Returns To His Community With Charity

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Rodney Strasser will attempt to take on a new challenge off the pitch in helping his countrymen

Rodney Strasser will attempt to take on a new challenge off the pitch in helping his countrymen

After only three years since he left his modest KroJimmy/Fourah Bay Community to play for Italian football giant, AC Milan and Sierra Leonean international Rodney Strasser is returning back to his community this December with a charity to help children and disadvantaged people in Sierra Leone.

Rodney Strasser revealed to me that his main aim will be to: “Support under-privileged Sierra Leoneans such as children, amputees and the handicapped through care and hope.”

To start this Rodney Strasser hopes to begin no further than his local KroJimmy/Fourah Bay community where he began his football career that has now taken him to the Rossoneri where he plays football and dines with world football stars like Rohnaldinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. “I will never forget where I come from, it was only about three years ago that I used to rub skin with these people now I feel a desire to help them and offer them something that can help improve their lives.”  The Sierra Leonean international hopes to kick off his charity at the Fourah Bay field, where he will have a charity match on Wednesday 22nd December.

The charity foundation that has been coined by the football star as Supporting Under-privileged through Care and Hope (SUCH) is set to be launched with a press conference in Freetown immediately when the Italian Serie A takes a Christmas break on the 19th December and Rodney revealed that he has a lot to donate and this is something he feels obliged to do. “It’s a responsibility and trust me I do not see this as a favour, but I view it as a moral responsibility to my countrymen.”

Born in Freetown, Strasser joined Milan from local club FC Kallon in 2007, and coming back to Freetown the player also hopes to pay respect to people who have contributed to his professional career like his dad and FC Kallon owner Mohamed Kallon.

During his time in the AC Milan youth system, he was a member of the under-20 side who triumphed in the Coppa Italia Primavera in 2010, 25 years after the team’s last success in the competition. He also made his debut for the AC Milan first team in a league game against Udinese on 21 December 2008, coming off the bench in the final minutes.

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December 8, 2010 at 1:14 am

Leone Stars Show They Can Do It

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In what was seen as an upset in African football, our darling Leone Stars of Sierra Leone made us proud last night by holding the giants of Egypt to a one whole draw. Some of the world’s media referred to the shock draw as an opening-round curse for Egypt but I think as lowly we are rated the problem with Sierra Leone football is the effect of the war and the impact it has got on all levels of football in the country.

We shocked the defending champions in their own background on 56 minutes at Cairo Stadium when Cyprus-based Sierra Leonean international Mustapha Bangura put us in front.

Although defender Mahmoud Fathallah rescued the Egyptians when he equalised four minutes later, there was never a winning goal for the top ranked team in Africa – Egypt who began with six of the team that defeated Ghana in the 2010 Nations Cup final.

Coach Hassan Shehata had warned his team about the perils of not making a winning start, and his fears were justified by the resilient display by our mostly unknown set of players.

Egypt are ranked number one in Africa this month by world governing body FIFA and Sierra Leone 36 and although our inspirational captain; China-based playmaker Mohamed Kallon was injured, it made no difference and our boys were able to make it. Congratulations to our darling Leone Stars and we just cannot wait to see you put up a much more improved performance against South Africa here in Freetown on October 10.

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September 6, 2010 at 10:31 am

Watching East End Lions Clinch Sierra Leone Premier League Title

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There couldn’t have been a more exciting finale to the Sierra Leone Premier League that what happened at the National Stadium in Freetown on Sunday. East End Lions FC put up a valiant performance and trounced their long time rival Mighty Blackpool to clinch the Premiership title after a frenetic encounter.

East End Lions who were the defending champions went to their final match knowing that a victory is they need to lift up the title ahead of FC Kallon. But after edging Diamond Stars of Kono at the National Stadium in Freetown on Sunday 27th, East End Lions the Killers knew anything less than victory for them will be insufficient as FC Kallon batted neck to neck with them for the title race.

FC Kallon who bagged fifty five points in the league beat Wusum Stars at the Teko Barracks, Makeni by two goals to nil with Lansana Kamara and Ibrahim Tetteh Kamara bagging the goals in a tense encounter that was being monitored from the National Stadium in Freetown by East End Lions fans.

East End Lions had to fight tooth and nail even after taking the lead through an early goal as Mighty Blackpool pushed forward and find the back of the net, the celebration was short-lived as the referee ruled out the goal. But Mighty Blackpool was not going to give their arch-rivals an easy ride. As Mighty Blackpool pushed forward to get an equaliser, East End Lions’ Sidikie Mansaray got the better of his opponents by sliding in the winner and settling the nerves of hundreds of East End Lions fans at the National Stadium by making it two nil. That was the final goal of the game as the final whistle was witnessed by wild celebrations from the Lion fans. At the end, East End Lions won the league by just a point earning fifty points ahead of FC Kallon with fifty five and Ports Authority ending the league in third place bagging forty eight points.

“We are the best team in Sierra Leone and this is just an indication that despite the money and power of FC Kallon, we are still top and we will continue to be top,” said an excited East End Lions fan, Mahmoud Kargbo.

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July 6, 2010 at 1:07 am