Leone Stars leaves for Togo match with Le 180 million

15 June 2007 at 04:09 | 1023 views

By Jonathan Leigh

Sierra Leone’s national team, Leone Stars left
Freetown by road on Thursday for Guinea where they
will board a flight for Bamako Mali for their African
Nations Cup qualifier this weekend.

The team has no hope of qualifying for the final in
Ghana next year and their presence in Mali is a mere
formality. Togo who are still mourning the death in
Freetown on June 3 of about 18 members of their
delegation who were here for a similar encounter, are
this weekend hosting Benin Republic. The Togolese top
the group and have already qualified.

Before Sierra Leone’s departure, Africell mobile
company handed over a cheque of Le180 million to the
Football Association as its share from revenue
generated during the ill-fated Togolese match. The
mobile company partnered with the FA to organise the
match which netted about Le230 million.

Robert Khoury, Africell Managing-Director said the
match was a big success not only for them but for
football in the country. He said Africell hoped to
collaborate with SLFA in future ventures to ensure
that the game grows and attains the status it
deserves. The partnership, Khoury went on, was part of
their corporate social responsibility.