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Another Sierra Leonean scoops accolade at Rising Star Football Clinic

Another Sierra Leonean scoops accolade at Rising Star Football Clinic

Rashidatu Kamara has become the third Sierra Leonean to be recognised for her hard work at the Airtel Rising Star Football Clinic inDar es Salaam.  On Day 3 of the intense training headed by a member of the Manchester United Soccer School coaching staff, Billy Miller – Rashidatu who won the best player in the Western Area Airtel Rising Stars Sierra Leone tourney put up a fine performance in the area of behaviour and communication, and she was given a special badge of honour joining Patrick Gbinda and Hamza Kamara as the third Sierra Leonean to be recognised in the ongoing football clinic organised by Airtel in conjunction with Manchester United Football Club soccer school (Photo: Rashidatu Kamara right walks out for a break during training sessions)

Reacting to her recognition, Rashidatu said she was overwhelmed and said she was proud to be singled out: “Coming over here to Tanzania I made a vow to myself that I will do all in my power to boost the name of Sierra Leone, I want my parents to be proud of me, I want them to hear good things about me, I want my fellow football stars to know that I am truly representing them.  Above all, I want to work hard to develop myself in football because I love the game,” Rashidatu told me.

It's break time and the players are having some liquid refreshments

Two of the other youngsters recognised are Graham Naftal and Samir Omary, both from Tanzania.  Graham Nafta said he was happy and just wants to be recognised more. “I will do everything in my power to get the attention of the Manchester United school coaches,” he said.

Patrick Gbinda from Sierra Leone works a routine with one of the coaches

According to the Manchester United Soccer School (MUSS) coaches, who are conducting the clinics, communication both on field and outside the field of play is critical to the success of any aspiring soccer player.  Equally, a player’s discipline is fundamental to their development.

Four players from Sierra Leone being interviewed with TV crew

Both doctrines are component of a code of conduct that the young aspiring players at the Airtel Rising Stars clinic are been immersed into by the coaches.  “The Manchester United Soccer Schools Code of conduct encapsulates five areas, namely attitude, behaviour, communication, discipline, enthusiasm, and fair play,” said Billy Miller, Manchester United Soccer Schools Head Coach at the Clinic. “Each day we will pick a part of the code of conduct from our training model.  Our Code of Conduct helps players to create a strong character that will help them make better decisions when playing the game and also away from football,” said Mr. Miller

The sixteen youngsters are part of a group of 45 starlets who were selected from an ambitious football talent program; the Airtel Rising Stars was organized in fifteen African countries culminating in special football clinics in Gabon, South Africa, and Tanzania. Sierra Leone joined three other countries including Tanzania, Kenya, and Malawi at the Dar es Salaam clinic.

Muctaru Wurie

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