Former Leone Stars skipper calls for football revival


January 16, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Former captain of the Sierra Leone national team, Abu Bakarr ‘Tostao’ Kamara has, in a disappointed mood, issued a national rallying call for the revival of the country’s most loved sport, football.

Kamara, in an exclusive interview with Concord Sports on Tuesday, said Sierra Leone football requires each and every Sierra Leonean to join hands as a family to resurrect the game from its dying condition, which he attributed to the “selfish and unpatriotic attitude” of those managing the game.

“This is the reality. Football in our country is not good, it is going down the drains, and it is dying,” lamented the Leone Stars ex-captain and former Ports Authority coach. “As a former player of the country, I am not happy with the state of our game. We all need to play our role as journalists, coaches, players, administrators, government and supporters to help revive the game.”

Deputy Minister of Sports, Ishmael Al-Sankoh Conteh, also re-echoed Kamara’s call, noting that every Sierra Leonean has a role to play in developing and bringing a change in the current state of football in the country.

He said: “If we fail to build our football now from the grassroots level, then we are heading for more problems. The current disunity, discord and problems within our football are not helping the situation, so we need to map the way forward; which is why as a ministry – through the National Sports Council – we have taken our stance on football and we stand by it.”