Sierra Leone national team duo; Kei Kamara and Alhaji Kamara aka ‘The Lion’ have both reacted to the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)’ scribe, Chris Kamara’s statement on returning their suitcase before an extra bonus of $1,000 each be paid to them.
On Tuesday, February 8, the SLFA scribe in an interview with local television said the Leone Stars players should return their suitcases before they can receive their share of the US$28,000 donated to the squad by the Deputy Minister of Finance 2, Bockarie Kalokoh.
The SLFA media department later in the day released a press statement that the players should obey their signed agreement and return the suitcase before such payment will be made.
This latest developments which was deemed as a disgrace by many football loving fans and Sierra Leoneans forced the country’s veteran striker, Kei Kamara, who has always been vocal on issues, to send a message to the SLFA scribe in a form of reaction via his Facebook page.
The striker who is in the United States of America stated that it’s a shame the SLFA scribe would go on air misinforming the public about the national team despite all the hard work and sarcrifies they as players did and devoted to the nation.
He said: “You didn’t take time to congratulate the group, but you are disrespecting us all for a little bag.”
“Not you and the President didn’t decide to give the players money, the $1000 came from good people at Sierra Fisheries for the 1 point earned in one of our games. At the dinner last week in Freetown the players present got their money without returning a bag, but you insist all the foreign player to return the bag when you know we have all left the country (fishy huh),” Kamara explained.
He added: “I don’t want to go on explaining, but it’s very disrespectful to misinform the public about us. I don’t need your apology because I know you well, but maybe the younger boys are waiting for ya. Anyways, I want to say thanks again to Sierra Fisheries for their generosity and I trust they will ensure all monies for the Players be paid with respect.”
Another player who reacted to the issue on his Facebook wall was Randers FC striker, Alhaji Kamara, who asked the SLFA scribe to produce the document where they signed to return their suitcase and if he did, he will generously donate his own cash to him.
The striker who scored the last minutes equalizing goal against Ivory Coast started: “We never signed no paper, Chris Kamara we know you are the author of Na the SLFA press release to defend yourself after your false statement on the interview. Now you want to use letter to back up. I earlier advice you about this decision you never listen.”
Also, the Leone Stars Team Manager, Babadi Kamara said he wasn’t aware of any agreement with the players regarding the suitcase. He said it’s inhumane to subject them to such.