DECEMBER 3, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The Administrative Officer who doubles as starter of the Freetown golf course, Shieku Sokotay Bangura, has revealed that four of their golfers – Brima Mansaray, Idrissa Farnel, Adulai Kamara and Mustapha Kamara – are presently stranded in Monrovia, Liberia.
According to Marshall Bangura, the four golfers were in Liberia before the Ebola outbreak in the country, and that they were unable to return to Sierra Leone due to the closure of the Liberian border by that country’s authorities.
He said though the golfers are currently housed in the Sierra Leone Embassy in Monrovia, the golf club in Freetown is “with them in heart and spirit and we hope they will return safely”.
The starter also revealed that the prestigious annual Sierra Leone Golf Open Tournament, which is organized by the Freetown Golf Club, has been cancelled due to the Ebola outbreak in the country.
The week-long tournament is normally played from the 24th to 30th of November every year but golfers from Sierra Leone and other West African countries will have to miss this year’s showpiece due to the Ebola crisis.
He said: “Because of the current crisis in the country, the organizers had no alternative but to cancel the event, though golf is a non-contact sport. Most golfers from other countries have turned down our invitation because of fear of the Ebola virus, and the club cannot organize a competition like that for only golfers within the country.”
The last competition was won by Ghanaian golfer Amos Korbla who bagged home the US$10,000 prize.