DECEMBER 10, 2014 By Shar Morris Jr.
Assistant coach of the Sierra Leone volleyball national team, Sorie Kamara, hopes President Ernest Bai Koroma’s praise of the team could open doors for more support towards the success of the sport and the respective national volleyball teams.
President Koroma, during the State Opening of the Third Session of the Fourth Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone on Friday December 5, sequentially praised the Volleyball, Athletics and Cycling associations as the most successful sporting disciplines in the 2014 calendar year.
He said Sierra Leone made substantial impact in sports, especially in volleyball, athletics, and cycling by winning laurels for the country in the ECOWAS Games and other international tournaments.
“Our most remarkable performance has been in volleyball where Sierra Leone was named the ‘Best Junior Volleyball Team in Africa for 2014’ at the U-17, U-19, U-21 and U-23 levels. On account of this, the Sierra Leone Volleyball Association is recognized as the model Volleyball Association for Africa,” the president said.
According to assistant coach Kamara, who also doubles as the country’s beach volleyball director, they were able to attain such height with very little support, but hopes such acclaim by the president could attract more support for them.
He said: “For us we are happy because these are the type accolades we are expecting, and we have achieved this without having the kind of support the other sporting disciplines are having because in volleyball we have the ‘can do it spirit’.”
Secretary General of the SLVA, Ahmed Khanou, in his reaction, applauded the association’s key sponsors – Africell and Mercury International – for their support.
He also thanked sports journalists for their relentless work in promoting volleyball.