The Minister of Sport Ibrahim Nyelenkeh and some members of the National Sport Authority
The Sierra Leone Football Association membership forum on 6 March visited Makeni to sympathize and show sportsmanship following the demise of young footballers in a road accident. The delegation was headed by Idrissa Margo Tarawallie, Chairman and General Secretary of Ports Authority.
Presenting the members of the football family to the Northern Region Chairman, Tarawallie said the visit was a sad one for the football family. “What has happened is the inevitable end of man and no one has the power to stop what God had destined to occur,” he said.
He noted that the visit was a family affair and that they were in Makeni to comfort and console the families who lost their loved ones and those hospitalised.
He said what has become clear in the aftermath of the tragedy is that football is a family game and making enemies shouldn’t be an option.
On behalf of the members of the Sierra Leone Football Association, the delegation presented the sum of Twenty Million Leones (Le20,000,000) to the Bombali District and Northern Region football Association Chairman.
Welcoming the delegation, the Chairman of the Northern Region Football Association, Brima Jalloh thanked the mission for their kind gesture and assured them that they will use the money for its intended purpose. He emphasized that what has happened has shown them that football is a family game. “Everyone has shown their support, we have seen several press releases from football clubs and regions who have displayed solidarity,” he said. Jalloh informed the gathering that even the bereaved families have realised that their children were in the right family. Giving an update about the gruesome accident, Jalloh said nine (9) people lost their lives from the road accident, and four are in critical condition.
The Vice President of the Sierra Leone Football Association Alie “Commoner” Kargbo called on the football family to continue to respect, love each other and stay united regardless of their differences. “Those who are bossing football groups, it’s important you start talking to each other, it’s not about life or death; when it is time to vote, we will make the final decision, but for now let us show love to each other,” he said.
Kargbo used the occasion to inform the football family that he is not going to contest for any position in the upcoming SLFA elections. He assured the football family that Makeni will be safe for everyone during the Sierra Leone Football Association elections and maximum security will be provided for all.
“You all have the right to come to Makeni and campaign. I plead to all of you let there be no warfare,” he pleaded. He said the money the football members have supported with will be used for the intended purpose.
The presidential candidate for the SLFA elections, Rodney Edmond Michael was part of the delegation. He extended his best wishes to those who are hospitalized and prayed for the Lord’s mercy on those who have passed away.
Some members of the delegations included: Agnes Abu, John Dissa, Abdul Hamin Kanaserio, Augustine Kambo, and Saddick Deen Nyakoh.