As the Independence anniversary draws closer Sierra Sport bids Ambassador Stevens, HOC farewell
The Independence celebration marking Sierra Leone’s 50th anniversary has triggered mass return of Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora to join their compatriots in making the anniversary a success back home. (Photo: Julius Conteh presenting the trophy to Ambassador Stevens)
Sierra Leoneans from across the globe are reportedly arriving in Freetown on a daily basis, while plans are afoot for others to follow.
The Sierra Sport and Cultural club, a Sierra Leonean group based in Berlin, Germany are among the list of celebrants preparing to leave soon.
The group recently paid a visit to the Sierra Leone Ambassador to Germany, HE Jongopie Siaka Stevens, to bid farewell to him and his staff.
They took the opportunity to disclosed plans to develop local talents through sport in the country.
Acknowledging their visit, Ambassador Stevens expressed profound appreciation and said, their vision to develop youths in the country signals hope for Sierra Leone’s social well being. He said such initiative taken by the group is a solid idea through which the youths will benefit in diverse ways.
“Sport is a viable tool that brings people together. Therefore we should use it to develop the youths who are our future leaders,” the Ambassador noted and further stressed the importance of introducing sports in various schools across the country as an initial step.
As a former cricket player while in school, the Ambassador Stevens said sport encourages young boys and girls to feel part of the existing system, which enables them to proceed to higher height.
While calling on his compatriots abroad to ameliorate the good example of Sierra Sport and Cultural club, the Ambassador encouraged the participation of all Sierra Leoneans to national development issues.
He implored his fellow citizens to put tribal or political sentiments aside and work towards rebuilding the country’s once battered image.
“I know you are taking Germany to Sierra Leone and I wish you well and success in your endeavour,” he asserted.
On his path, Head of Chancery (HOC), Al-hassan K. Kondeh urged the group to organise a peaceful celebration of the golden jubilee adding that the demise of sport in school activities has resulted to the dreadful consequences in the country’s sport arena.
He appealed for unity and a peaceful coexistence among Sierra Leoneans in Germany, and further assured his embassy’s role to achieve that.
On behalf of the club, the adviser Julius Conteh said they will take along with them a golden jubilee trophy which they will present to the Ministry of Youths and Sport for a football tournaments involving youths under twenty years old across the country.
He said their aim is to attract the attention of sports in various districts. He said the event will be organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Youths and Sports.
The Club’s Chairman, Mohamed Suma, said the football tournaments would commence next year after fruitful discussions with the Ministry of Sports have been made. He reiterated their plans for the preparation of a playing ground for children in the country after their Independence JC fiesta at the Family Kingdom April 30.
Meanwhile, they are calling on all Sierra Leoneans to patronise their show.
By Umaru S. Jah
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