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Zingalay Wins Player of the Year Award

2014-01-13 20:22:16

Sierra Leonean international and Dinamo Minsk defender Umaru ’Zingalay’ Bangura (photo) has been voted the player of the year 2013 by viewers of the website. The announcement was made during  a live radio sports programme aired worldwide by on Sunday, a day after the voting ended. "I’m happy to win the award and I dedicate it to my family and fans," said the 26-year old Bangura after the announcement. The first time winner (...)Read the full story »

Robert Enke passes away

14 November 2009
By Thomas Meinders, Germany. The German football community is stunned by the recent death of goalkeeper Robert Enke. The 32-year-old player of Hannover 96 committed suicide at a level crossing, where he was hit by a train. Enke was a German international football player and was expected to be first choice goalkeeper at the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The former player of Benfica Lissabon and FC Barcelona battled depression for several years after having lost his three-year-old (...)

Leone Stars arrive Holland this weekend

12 November 2009
By Chernor Ojuku Sesay, Belgium. Sierra Leone’s national football team, Leone Stars will play The Netherlands premier club, Willem II Tilburg this Saturday, November 14 at the Willem II Stadium in Tilburg, Holland. This international friendly, the first time in the history of the Sierra Leone national team to play an international friendly against a Premier club in Europe, is made possible through Sierra Leonean born international Ibrahim Kargbo popularly called Obreh who plies his (...)

Ghana beats Brazil in U-20 World Cup final

16 October 2009
Ghana struck a blow for African pride, defeating Brazil in a penalty shootout Friday at the FIFA U-20 World Cup final in Cairo. After previously losing in the final to Brazil (in 1993) and to Argentina (2001), Ghana finally came good on Friday, to become the first African team to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup since the inaugural competition in 1977. The two teams battled to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time, before Ghana won 4-3 in the shootout. (...)

Sahr Senesie, the soccer warrior from Sierra Leone

15 October 2009
By Thomas Meinders, PV Germany Correspondent. It’s not a common story. This story of football-striker Sahr Senesie. Born in Sierra Leone, growing up in Germany, he made his debut in the Bundesliga in 2003, scored his first goal in the European Cup shortly after, was part of the German U-20-squad in the World Cup in 2005, didn’t manage to continue this comet-like journey and plays currently in German fourth division. But that is not the end of the story and anyway it is a (...)

"Carlton Cole Loves Sierra Leone," says mom

26 September 2009
By Sorie Sudan Sesay, London. The mother of Westham United and England international Carlton Cole has said that her son cares for and loves Sierra Leone. Selina Cole, speaking from her Staines Wraybury residence in Berkshire, said her son and entire family were surprised and disappointed over reports in the local media in Sierra Leone that Cole, with a Sierra Leonean background, has no interest in the country after he featured for a selected Nigerian national team in a friendly in Lagos. (...)

PV meets Algeria’s Karim Matmour

22 September 2009
By Thomas Meinders, PV Germany Correspondent. The Algerian international football player Karim Matmour ( photo) is one of the shooting stars in the Bundesliga. The 24-year-old made every game in his first season in the highest level of German football (soccer) at Borussia Mönchengladbach. PV met and had this conversation with him recently: Patriotic Vanguard: Mr. Matmour, you were born in Strasbourg in France, but you play internationally for the Algerian national team. Was it always (...)

Ishmael Dyfan to be honoured in London

4 September 2009
By Sorie Sudan Sesay, London. Family and friends of the late Sierra Leonean football international Ishmail Khalil Dyfan(pictured) will be organising a football tournament in his honour, a recent press release has confirmed. The football tournament will take place on Sunday, 27th, September 2009, at the London Academy, Bermondsey, South East London and will feature teams bearing the names of popular teams in Sierra Leone – Blackpool, East End Lions and two others. An open invitation (...)

PV chats with Assimiou Toure in Germany

20 August 2009
There are many African players in the German Bundesliga, but the career of Assimiou Toure (photo) is exceptional by any account. Raised in Germany with a Togolese backround, the 18-year-old was called up to join the Togolese world cup squad in 2006 without having played in the Bundesliga before. Touré was one of the most promising talents in Germany, but all of a sudden a severe injury stopped his career for almost two years. The Patriotic Vanguard’s Thomas Meinders caught up with him (...)

Diaspora soccer tournament needs more positive support

12 August 2009
Commentary By Sanpha Sesay, PV Corespondent, Texas. It is continuously proven that wherever we go to have fun and entertain ourselves, there is always a tendency that we Sierra Leoneans (some of us) will display behavior that will cause violence leading to the eventual emergence of police intervention. It is a shame, completely shameful in our culture, to note that the curse of violence and indiscipline in our communities could not allow a peaceful end of events at Columbus, Ohio, where (...)

Soccer Giant Manneh Peters passes away: Dangawallie mourns

16 June 2009
By Sanpha Sesay, in Texas. Patrick Dangawalli is the leader of the organization, Sierra Stars Soccer Association (SSSA), Vice President of Old Edwardians Association in Texas, Vice President of Sierra Leone Organization of Old Athletic Associations (SLOOAA), and now the founder of Sierra Leone Soccer Ambassador in the Diaspora (SLSAD). All of these organizations are in the United States. Here is a message of condolence from Patrick on the paasing away of soccer star Manneh Peters in (...)

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Tax Incentives and the Suffering Masses of Sierra Leone

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

This week, we look at tax incentives offered to foreign mining and agribusiness companies operating in Sierra Leone. A report, released today by the international NGO, Christian Aid, has bad news (...)


Comparing South Africa and Nigeria

By Mekki Elmograbi, Sudan. It is widely well known that the economy of South Africa is the strongest among African economies but some economists say that Nigeria, "not South Africa", is the (...)

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