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Francophone African Soccer Players Gain Supremacy

2014-11-25 22:13:13

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By Koyie Mansaray, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Out of 28 African Cup of Nations tournaments organized between 1957 and 2013, Anglophone countries have won 18.* The remaining 10 have been won by our Francophone counterparts. This fact notwithstanding, Francophone African countries are gaining an increasingly more dominant role on the world soccer stage than their Anglophone brothers. There are more Francophone soccer players in Italy in Europe and North America than (...)

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Leone Stars Arrive in Praia, Cape Verde

14 June 2013

By Abubakarr Kamara, Praia, Cape Verde.
A 34-man contingent headed by the Acting Director of Sports, Alphan Coker, which left the shores of Sierra Leone on Wednesday morning landed in Praia later in the evening after transiting for about five hours at the Leopold Airport in Dakar to honour the 5th fixture in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
The squad comprises of 21 players and 13 officials; three from the SLFA, one from Sports Ministry and Parliamentary Sports Committee each, four (...)

Freetown: Leone Stars Blow Away World Cup Chance

11 June 2013

By Mohamed Fajah Barrie in Freetown.
Sierra Leone has blown the chance to get back into their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B after they gave away their lead twice and conceded a late goal to leaders Tunisia in a 2-2 at the National in Freetown.
Leone Stars who played with three new faces: Greece based John Kamara, home-based goal Keeper Ibrahim Tarawallie and the youngster George Davies from the Right to Dream academy in Ghana looked to have given new coach Johnny McKinstry the (...)

ECOWAS, Burkina Faso Sign Sports Centre Agreement

4 June 2013

The headquarters agreement for the Ouagadougou-based ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre has been signed between the ECOWAS Commission and the Government of Burkina Faso at a brief ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation on Friday, 25th May 2012.
ECOWAS secretariat says the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Kadré Désire Ouédraogo, signed for the Commission while the Burkinabe Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, (...)

Sochi: Sierra Leonean Sports Journalists To Benefit From AIPS Projects

21 April 2013

By Frank Cole in Sochi, Russia.
There is a glimmer of hope in the horizon for young Sierra Leonean sports Journalists to benefit from the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) ongoing projects, the re-elected international sports association boss Gianni Merlo (photo) has disclosed to the Sierra Leone delegation comprising the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) President Mohamed Fajah Barrie and Secretary General Frank Cole, during the just concluded AIPS 76th (...)

International Sports Journalists Association Recognizes SWASAL

19 April 2013

By Frank Cole in Sochi, Russia
Having been in the international sporting wilderness for close to three decades since its formation in the early 1930s, the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) has finally gained international recognition from the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) after the latter’s full compliance with its financial and other obligations to the world sport journalism body.
Officially welcoming the SWASAL President Mohamed Fajah Barrie and (...)

Sierra Leone: Prominent Soccer Player Zagalo Apologises

6 April 2013

Editor’s note: Sierra Leonean soccer international Alfred Zagalo Sankoh (photo) has been having some bad press lately over his relationship with the coach of the national team and on the encounter with Tunisia. He has eventually decided to apologise. Here is his apology:
I would like to clear things up on Tunisia versus Sierra Leone. Firstly I would like to apologise to every Sierra Leonean, again to both the FA and the Technical Staff for the misunderstanding and my action in (...)

FC Edmonton picks Sierra Leonean to play North American soccer

by Abayomi Charles Roberts, PV General Editor, Edmonton, Canada - 4 March 2013

Mallan Roberts is just 20 years old but looks set to shine in the popular sport, soccer. He recently signed with FC Edmonton and will play for the club in this year’s North American Soccer League (NASL) which starts in April.
FC Edmonton, based here, was formed in 2009 and is the city’s sole professional soccer team. They joined the NASL as a founding club in 2010 and remain the only Canada-based squad in the eight-team professional league. The other seven clubs are all (...)

Kei Kamara voted Sierra Leonean player of the year 2012

9 January 2013

By Mohamed Fajah Barrie in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Sporting Kansas City striker Kei Ansu Kamara (photo) has been voted the Sierra Leonean Player of The Year 2012 by viewers of sierraleonefootball.com website rewarding him for his outstanding performance for both club and country.
The announcement was made by living football legend Mohamed Kallon on a live radio programme linked worldwide by sierraleonefootball.com on Sunday.
The 28-year old striker will be presented with a specially (...)

Christopher Katongo, BBC African Footballer 2012

18 December 2012

BBC World Service has announced the winner of the 2012 BBC African Footballer of the Year award. Christopher Katongo, who led Zambia to Nation’s Cup success earlier this year, has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year. Katongo, who plays for Chinese side Henan Construction, won just over 40% of the vote, holding off Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast and Shanghai Shenhua), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast and Manchester City), Younes Belhanda (Morocco and Montpelier) and Demba Ba (Senegal (...)

Canada wins historic Olympic soccer bronze

11 August 2012

Credit: cbc.ca
The future of women’s soccer in Canada took a positive turn Thursday after the Canadian women’s Olympic team, led by Burnaby’s Christine Sinclair, beat France to win bronze.
"Canada’s hosting the next World Cup. With this medal, the expectations are going to be on us and I can’t wait," Sinclair told reporters following the win.
And Roger Barnes, president of B.C. Soccer, said the association wants young girls to dream about accomplishing what (...)

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EDITORIAL

Government Should Investigate Ebola Surge

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

It is sad and very unfortunate that while the Ebola scourge seems to be receding in the neighbouring countries of Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is facing a dramatic increase with hundreds of (...)

OPINION

The Truth About Reporting Corruption

By Abdulai Saccoh, Anti-Corruption Commission, Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a specialized anti-graft agency, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been (...)