Kenya: Sierra Leone invited to tripartite federation competition

5 May 2010 at 01:49 | 2132 views

By Our Corrrespondent.

The just concluded activities to mark the 49th Independence day celebrations in Nairobi has motivated the organisers of the annual tripartite federation international sports day that is held in September each year to extend a hearty invitation to Sierra Leone to join the competition this year.

This invitation was disclosed by the Chairman of the Zambian community in Kenya Mr. Dennis Mwanza following the friendly international encounter between his country and Sierra Leone over the weekend.

Mwanza explained that the three participating countries in this international sports competition include Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi and they have resolved to include Sierra Leone because of their friendly ties with other countries in East and Southern Africa, which they have demonstrated by organising football competitions.

The Zambia envoy pledged their total commitment in sustaining the Sierra – Zambia relationship and is optimistic that Sierra Leone’s participation will enhance their friendly ties with the other countries.

The tripartite federation sports day embraces various sporting activities including, athletics, soccer, volleyball, basketball, etc. for both men and women. It is not clear so far which of the other sporting activities apart from football that Sierra Leone will participate in.

Meanwhile, the football match between Sierra Leoneans and Zambians in Kenya ended in a 2-2 draw after the final whistle.

The Zambian team

The first goal was hammered in the 17th minute of play by Manius Gborie with a header to put Sierra Leone in the lead but a blunder by the Salone goalie, Emmanuel Turay, in the 30th minute allowed the Zambians to level the score line to one all after the first half of play.

Sierra Leone (top photo) got their second goal during the 60th minute in the second half with Manzu (of Fourah Bay) beating the Zambian defence with clever dribbling that devastated their defence leaving the goalkeeper with no option but to watch the heavy shot slash through the net…It’s a GOAL!

Changes effected from the Salone technical bench headed by William Carew affected the team’s performance during the last fifteen minutes of play which was dominated by the Zambians. A free kick a meter away from the 18 yards box saw salone goalie Emmanuel Turay calling for help from his defenders after making a clever save but alas the Zambian attacker was too fast. He quickly blasted the ball into the back of the net, levelling the score line to a two all draw.

Oliver Somasa was on the reserves bench as he was nursing some minor injury during the warm up but he is to make his first international appearance soon in the next encounter with Congo.

The kick off was taken by Dr. Siaka Kroma accompanied by several dignitaries including Mr. and Mrs. Tucker, Mrs. Isa Freeman, and Dr. Jusu.