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Craig Bellamy checks in Freetown

Craig Bellamy checks in Freetown

Sierra Express Sports learnt that, the Welsh international is on a working visit to Sierra Leone to monitor his football academy project, Craig Bellamy Foundation Academy,  he established a short while ago.

The football academy is located at Tombo village in the urban district of the Western Area, about 30 kilometres from Freetown and it is set up to help improve Sierra Leone football at grass root level.

The 31-year old landed in Freetown on Friday night and is expected to spend ten days in Sierra Leone.

Several activities have been lined-up for the former captain of the Welsh senior national team.

He was the chief guest at the finals of both the Bellamy Under-12 &14 leagues in Freetown last Saturday.  Sierra Rangers won the under-12 category final by defeating Ibrahim FC 4-3 on penalties after 1-1 at regular time.  Promising Stars won the Under-14 category final beating Ibrahim FC 4-1.

The Manchester City striker who has just ended a one year loan spell with the club in his home town Cardiff City is also scheduled to attend the grand finale of the Bellamy league for Girls in Makeni on Sunday.

On Monday, he will meet with the parents of the boys playing in his league in Bo, Sierra Leone’s second city after Freetown, and will also visit their respective schools.

From Tuesday to Friday, he’ll coach the 17 boys presently at his academy and will be the guest of honour of the 2nd edition of the Bellamy Challenge Cup involving six teams taking place at the pitch of the academy in Tombo.

The Bellamy Aacademy, which started functioning September 2010, is the first professional football academy in Sierra Leone.

This is the fourth time the former Norwich City, Coventry City, Newcastle United, Celtic, Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool striker is visiting Sierra Leone.

Below are the fixtures of matches played over the weekend at the CBF.                 



Group A: *Sierra Rangers 1-1 Syke Rangers
*Sierra Rangers win 5-3 after post-game penalty kicks
Group B: Ibrahim FC 3-1 Area Best
Final: Sierra Rangers v Ibrahim FC


Group A: Sierra Rangers 1-3 Promising Stars
Group B: Ibrahim FC 1-0 Eastern Eagles
Final: Promising Stars v Ibrahim FC



Group A: CSAC FC 0-1 Thabanban
Group B: Me and My Boys 0-3 Cowyard
Final: Thabanban v Cowyard


Group A: High Table 1-6 Area Best
Group B: Real Stars 3-2 College Stars
Final: Area Best v Real Stars



Group A: DJ Med 1-0 Abacha
Group B: Fatsam 2-1 Cambridge
Final: DJ Med v Fatsam
Group A: Black Stars 0-1 DJ Med
Group B: Samba 2-0 Cambridge
Final: DJ Med v Cambridge



Group A: Arrow FC 3-1 Welding United
Group B: Blazing Stars 0-2 Shinning Stars
Final: Arrow FC v Shinning Stars
Group A: Arrow FC 0-1 Welding United
Group B: Central Professionals 1-3 Blazing Stars
Final: Welding united v Blazing Stars 

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