March 6, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Managing Director of Mercury International, Martin Michael, on Thursday revealed that his company has spent over Le50 million to cover a round trip for three players and an official from the Craig Bellamy Foundation Academy (CBF) for their travel to Cambodian.
Michael, who was addressing journalists at the company’s headquarters at Krootown Road in Freetown, said the trio – Santigie Koroma, Suleiman Samura and Umaru Samura – have already joined Cambodian giant Phnom Penh Crown (PPCFC) and will stay with the club for eight months before returning back to Freetown.
According to the Mercury International MD who also doubles as Trustee of the CBF, Santigie Koroma, 18, will challenge for a place in the PPCFC senior team whilst Suleiman Samura, 17 and Umaru Samura, 16, will both be part of the club’s Academy U-17 squad in preparation for acceptance into the 2015 Asia Champions Trophy.
“It is no longer a secret that Mercury International are having partnership with the CBF of which we are offering over two thousand scholarships to the boys and girls who are competing in their leagues,” Michael said.
“The three boys’ move to Cambodian is part of the academy plan to expose them to standard football and also to boost their education because, minus the football, they will also attend school over there. This is also part of their educational exposure.”
The three players are amongst the most accomplished since the academy was launched to give underprivileged children in Sierra Leone the chance to reach their true potential through sport and education, and also to enable them build a better life for themselves and their communities.