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Swedish fans to help Ebola-hit team in Salone

OCTOBER 20, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.

Fans of Swedish Premier League club, AIK Solna, are raising funds to buy football equipment for Sierra Leone’s first division side AIK Fretong, whose football equipment have been affected by the Ebola outbreak in the country.

The club’s kit manager, Abubakar Kargbo, is one of the survivors of the Ebola virus but after recovering from the virus, the team’s equipment – including jerseys, cones, balls and boots – were all burnt for fear of the virus being transmitted.

It is against this plight that Radio Rasunda – the official mouthpiece of AIK Solna – started a fundraising drive through the club’s supporters to help their counterparts back home.

Radio Rasunda via its website urges supporters to contribute in helping the club in Freetown and they wrote: “We from Radio Rasunda feel it is obvious that we will help to restore and perhaps even improve the situation for AIK Fretong in Sierra Leone.”

Already, the goal was to collect about 40,000 Swedish kronor (approximately US$5,586), and 35,000 kronor has already been received.

According to Kargbo, the donation means a lot to the club not only to get the equipment back but to also establish connection with the Swedish club.

“This means so very much for us, we hope this will be the start of a long lasting relationship with AIK Solna,” he told SportExpressen.se.

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