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Francophone African Soccer Players Gain Supremacy

2014-11-25 22:13:13

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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Harambee Stars coach sacked

24 January 2009

By Emmanuel Turay, Nairobi.
The football coach for the Kenyan National team the Harambee Stars, Francis Kimanzi(photo), has been sacked by the Football Kenya Limited barely a month after his appointment for a one year long contract.
That contract expected him to steer the stars through the 2010 world cup/Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
According to FKL CEO Sammy Obingo, the change of the nation team coach was necessary for the technical bench of the national team.
Obingo accused (...)

Mohamed Aboutrika is named BBC African Footballer of the year 2008

17 January 2009

‘Being up there amongst the elite of Africa’s top football stars is an honour’ says Aboutrika.
By an overwhelming majority, football fans have voted Egyptian footballer, Mohamed Aboutrika, the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2008. The competition received a record 155,643 votes - twice as many compared to last year. The Al-Ahly player received more than half the total number.
Aboutrika beat Samuel Eto’o of Barcelona and Cameroon; Didier Drogba of Chelsea and (...)

Dede Abu laments soccer problems in Sierra Leone

14 January 2009

By Sanpha Sesay, PV Texas Correspondent.
Dede Abu, a former defender of East End Lions and “super duper” Sierra Fisheries football clubs in Freetown has expressed sorrow and disappointment over the deteriorating circumstances of soccer/football, which he described as the main sporting event in the country.
During his last visit to Sierra Leone and the subsequent information that he has been receiving about the status of football in the country, Dede became frustrated when the (...)

SLOOAA Prepares for 2009 Soccer Tournament

9 January 2009

By Sanpha Sesay PV Texas Correspondent.
A release from the executive of the Sierra Leone Overseas Old Athletic Association (SLOOA, has announced a date and location for the 2009 Sierra Leonean’s soccer tournament in the United States.
From SLOOAA president Sibil Decker, it is now confirmed that the host Ohio State is ready to welcome at least 14 registered member states who will assemble in the city of Columbus, Ohio on August 1st 2009.
The registered teams from various states (...)

TSSSA Youths Lead Sierra Stars Fundraising Efforts

22 December 2008

By Sanpha Sesay, PV Texas correspondent.
As the year comes to an end, and as the unity gradually returns, the Texas Sierra Stars Soccer Association (TSSSA), based in Dallas, has announced that the young members of the TSSSA will now lead a massive end-of-year fundraising efforts, including a colorful social event (dance) scheduled in the eve of 2009.
The move came about when the president of TSSSA, Mr. Patrick Dangawalli(photo) announced that the change was designed to foster peace, unity (...)

Update on Eunice Barber story

8 December 2008

Dear Editor,
Many thanks for your support and cooperation in publishing an article on the outcome of my niece, Eunice Barber’s case with the police in France.
I was in court with her on that day and had discussions with Brima Conteh who was also present.He gave me your contact number. I would like to throw some light on the verdict. The prosecution pressed for a two month prison sentence but this was reduced to a fine of 5000 Euros by the presiding judge.
Grateful if the necessary (...)

Eunice Barber sentenced in France

2 December 2008

Sent in by Brima Conteh, Paris, France.
On Wednesday November 26th, two months of imprisonment were handed down by the prosecutor of Bobigny (Seine-Saint-Denis) against Eunice Barber, the world long jump and heptathlon champion , prosecuted for "refusal to submitt to the forces in order" during an interpellation in March 2006 in Saint-Denis. (cf video of the group page).
Eunice was victim of a particularly tough arrest by the police near the Stade de France on March 18th, 2006 (cf video (...)

Kallon quits Leone Stars captaincy

19 October 2008

By Mohamed Fajah Barrie
BBC Sport, Freetown.
Sierra Leone striker Mohamed Kallon(photo) has resigned as captain of Leone Stars, following his team’s exit from the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
His decision to quit came just days after Leone Stars were hammered 4-1 by Nigeria - ending the team’s hopes of reaching the final qualifying phase.
The 29-year-old said he was resigning because his dream of ensuring that the Leone Stars qualified was deliberately (...)

Introducing the Sierra Unite Soccer Boys

25 August 2008

By Tony Bee Conteh, PV Correspondent, Sydney, Australia.
The Sierra Leone community in Australia is doing very well in community development, especially in Sydney New South Wales, particularly in terms of education, cultural dance, soccer and above all the recent shipment of 40 containers of assorted second hand goods, including clothes, shoes, medical items, textbooks computers etc to their country, Sierra Leone.
Even though it’s a very young and emerging community in Australia, (...)

Canada: West Africa are the new All-Star Champs

14 August 2008

West Africa emerged last Sunday(August 10) as winner of the first annual African All-Star soccer competition held at New Westminster’s Mercer stadium in British Columbia, Canada. The competition was organized by the African Canadian Soccer and Cultural Association(ACSCA), the same organization that made possible last month’s wonderful African soccer tournament in Burnaby, BC. This competition (the All-Star) was the brainchild of two ACSCA executive members-Alex Sacha Touray (...)

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Celebrating Dr.Cater G. Woodson, Founder of Black History Month

By Charles Quist-Adade, PhD.* February this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Canadian government’s official recognition of Black History Month in Canada and the 89th anniversary of (...)


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 (...)