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Football stakeholders join fight against Ebola

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Football stakeholders in Sierra Leone have joined the government and other partners in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus which killed over a thousand Sierra Leoneans.

More than forty stakeholders converged at the National Stadium on Sunday to brainstorm on how they could contribute to the fight to eradicate Ebola.

After hours of exchange of views, they were able raised over Le4 million, which they agreed should be used to buy foodstuff and other materials for distribution at Ebola treatment centres and to sensitise regional members.

Abu Mansaray of Kono District Football Association said he was pleased to be part of the gathering, and to join others in the fight against the disease which he said has derailed the game in the country.

Another stakeholder, Blamoh Robert of FC Kallon, said it was important for stakeholders to make such a move because the Ebola virus has affected all Sierra Leoneans.

He said: “We decided to take the lead amongst all other sporting discipline because we are biggest sport in the country. We hope to raise more money towards this fight and help the government in the fight.”

Robert further revealed that they have setup a fund raising committee, which is headed by Secretary General of Old Edwardians Football Club.

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