May 8, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr
Sierra Leone wrestling national team has on Friday presented their African Championships silver and bronze medals to the president of the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SLE), Dr. Patrick Coker.
Presenting the medals at his Howe Street office, the African Championship debutant, Fatmata Mansaray, who scooped silver in the 72 kg Women’s wrestling junior category, said she was faced with mix feelings because she had expected winning a gold medal instead of silver.
“I am happy to return home with a medal which was not an easy fight for me but I was disappointed on the other hand because I let go of the gold medal. The fight was my fight but due to few errors I was unable to make it,” Mansaray said.
For Mathew Moiwoi Farmah, who grabbed bronze in 66 kg Greco-Roman Juniors, the tournament was a stepping stone and an eye-opener for me.
He said: “Securing bronze on my debut tournament means a lot. I will now focus and improve on my trainings ahead of the African Championship.”
The NOC-SLE presidents applauded the duo for such success and encouraged the others to up their game and make the country and their Association proud in future international competition.
Newly appointed head coach, Jamal Jaffa, who was so keen to return home with at least a gold medal, cited few professional hiccups that affected their ambition in the championship.
He said: “Overall we did well throughout the tournament but we have to correct few errors before our upcoming tournament in order to get more medals for the country which is what we would be working in the upcoming days.”
The 2017 African Championship is not the first time Sierra Leone has won medals. In 2014 the country’s pair Abdulai Salam and Hajariatu Kanu won silver, bronze respectively and in 2015 the duo also won bronze medals in Cairo, Egypt.