Hereford FC releases Mustapha Bundu over visa restrictions

Hereford FC releases Mustapha Bundu over visa restrictions

Hereford FC have released Sierra Leone striker Mustapha Bundu due to not being eligible to play in Southern League South & West due to visa restrictions.

Hereford have confirmed that the Sierra Leonean will not be at the club next season because he will not be allowed to play higher than step five of the non-league pyramid due to work permit issues.

The 19-year-old striker, in May, joined a list of players with Sierra Leonean origin to play in a Cup final at England’s iconic Wembley Stadium.

The youngster who is unavailable to comment on his future was part of the Hereford sides that lost the FA Vase final at the home of English football Wembley to the Highwaymen’s 4-1.

He came to England through the Craig Bellamy Foundation and has since gone on to prosper with Hartpury College, where a number of Football League clubs are continuing to assess his performances.

“Last season’s success was down to the whole squad, and I’d like to thank every player for their efforts. I’m sure every fan will join me in wishing all those that are moving on the very best of luck for the future.” the Hereford manager Pete Beadle told club’s website.

The Hartpury College in Gloucestershire played a pivotal role as the club won promotion at the first attempt.

He has been exceptional for Hereford FC. He was born in Freetown and in 2010 was one of the talents from the Craig Bellamy Foundation in Sierra Leone, a charity which offers underprivileged children in Sierra Leone the chance to realise their potential through football and education.

Bundu’s talent was recognised in the UK a year later he was invited to train with Cardiff City’s U15s squad and also had summer spells at Liverpool and Manchester City.

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Kabia on target in Lindo FF first league win of the season

Kabia on target in Lindo FF first league win of the season

Sierra Leone striker Mohamed Kabia (Pictured in celebration) scored to help his Swedish club side Lindo FF registered their first victory in the 2016 -17 league campaign defeating Spårvägens FF 2-1 in the Swedish div 3 Pro League game played on Saturday afternoon.

Kabia, 27, was good enough to last the entire duration in a very exciting victory for his side at the Skarpnäcks SF 3 stadium.

The 6 ft. 1 in striker silenced the Spårvägens fans with the winner in the 76th minute.

The former East End Lions striker joined Lindo FF march this year on a one-year deal and has registered three goals in seven appearances.

Kabia, who scored his first international goal for Sierra Leone against Guinea in an international friendly, also registered 13 goals in 19 appearances last season for FC Linköping City.

Lindo FF, however, remains bottom of the league table and will take on Älta IF at their City Gross arena on Saturday.

9-yr- old Salone soccer prodigy voted Best Player at English Club

9-yr- old Salone soccer prodigy voted Best Player at English Club

Dutch-born UK based and of Sierra Leonean parentage, Sanusie Jabbie has been overwhelmingly voted Best player, Player’s player and Parent’s player at his Cheshunt Football Club U-9 team over the weekend.

Sanusie who wears the No. 6 jersey and also captain’s his side received the triple accolades at his club’s end of season presentation ceremony after been voted by the coaches, fellow players and parents to win the awards.

This recognition, according to his proud dad came in barely two years after the defensive midfielder who idolises Mamadou Sahkor of Liverpool and dreams of one day playing for Tottenham or Liverpool in the English premiership joined the youth side of Cheshunt.

Speaking after the award, Sanusie who was over the moon said he was pleasantly surprised. “I was not expecting to grab all three awards at the same time.”

His mum was speechless. His dad said he was honoured and proud of his son’s achievements and: “I feel like my effort is not going in vain.”
Asked which country of the three he would like to play for if he turns out to be a successful player, the prodigy said it is too early for him now to make a decision.

“I want to first of all concentrate on improving my skills as a footballer and when that time comes for me to choose, I will actively consider mama Salone,” he said with a broad smile.

Cheshunt is an English association football club based in the town of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. Its senior team is currently playing in the Isthmian League Division One North.

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Sierra Leone beats Sudan to keep Gabon 2017 hope alive

Sierra Leone beats Sudan to keep Gabon 2017 hope alive

Sheka Fofanah handed Sierra Leone massive victory over Sudan. The Local striker was the hero in Freetown as he helped Leone Stars to a hard fought 1-0 win over Sudan in a Group I, Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Siaka Steven Stadium on Saturday.

Fofanah aka Eto’o only goal in the 65th minutes was the difference between the two sides and strengthened Sierra Leone hold in the race for Gabon 2017.

The win will see Sierra Leone assumed second position behind Ivory Coast in the qualifying group with four point’s one behind the African defending champions.

Soccer fans satisfied with Leone Stars’ display against Sudan, but Leone Stars will now have to win against Ivory Coast in the group’s final match in Abidjan if Gabon 2017 is to be a success.

Sierra Leone caretaker coach Sellas Tetteh recorded his third victory since taking charge of Leone Stars; his first was a 2-1 win against Chad at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium (Port Harcourt) during the World Cup preliminaries second leg October 13, 2015.

Tetteh’s side also defeated Gabon 1-0 in March during the Africa Cup of Nations friendly in Freetown to record their first victory at home soil since the country was declared free of Ebola.

Leone Stars XI: 1. Zombo Morris, 15.Yeami Dunia, 6.Abu Kanu, 18.David Simbo, 17.Umaru ‘Zingalay’ Bangura (Capt), 4.Mohamed ‘Medo’ kamara, 7.Kwami Quee, 13.Alfred ‘Zagalo’ Sankoh, 14.George ‘Kwaku’ Davies, 11.Gibrilla Woobay, 9. Sheka Fofanah Scorer 65′

Subs: 16.Unisa Koroma (GK), 2.Kemson Fofanah, 8.Abdul ‘Buduski’ Sesay, 3. Mohamed L Bangura, 10.Mustapha ‘Hadji’ Bangura, 12.John Bankole Kamara, 5.Ibrahim Teteh Bangura

Sudan XI – Akram, Athar El Tahir, Gaafar, Kamal, Fadasse; AboAgla, Agab, Muhand El Tahir, Nazar Hamid, Karika, Ankaba.

Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers:

Sierra Leone 1-0 Sudan, Tanzania 0-2 Egypt, Burundi 0-2 Senegal, Rwanda 2-3 Mozambique, South Sudan 0-3 Mali
Botswana 1-2 Uganda, Namibia 1-0 Niger, Sao Tome 1-2 Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau 3-2 Zambia

Leone Stars coach Sellas Tetteh positive of victory over Sudan

Leone Stars coach Sellas Tetteh positive of victory over Sudan

Sierra Leone caretaker coach Sellas Tetteh remained confident ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Falcons of Sudan on Saturday, saying that his side is capable of defeating their visitors and further reinforce their hold in the group.

Sierra Leone is perched at the bottom of Group I with a single point, that make this tie a must win game against Sudan, one of the three teams that participated in the inaugural Africa Cup of Nations in 1957.

Sierra Leone slumped to a 1-0 defeat in the qualifiers opening match in Khartoum back in June 2015.

The Ghanaian tactician, however, acknowledges that with two matches left to go in the 2017 Gabon qualifying campaign, the Falcons of Sudan are ready to shut down Leone Stars chances.

He passionately told footballsierraleone.net at the team’s camp at Hill Valley hotel: “We cannot move backwards but forward. We are going to pull ourselves together and work towards winning on Saturday. This match is vital to our qualification campaign.

“A game can end up in a draw or loss even when you perform well. However, we are going to make use of our opportunities as a way to shattered the hopes of the Sudanese, if we can do that then we will try our best to win in Cote d Ivoire because in football everything is possible.

Leone Stars Skipper Umaru Bangura concurred, “We are here to get the maximum points against them to enhance our chances in this campaign. I have assessed and spoken with most of my colleagues in the squad and I must confess that they are very much determined to succeed. That’s why I’m very positive even though it’s going to be difficult,”

“We still have a good squad. There are good times and bad times in football, and when things are bad, you need to lift up your heads, carry on working and start afresh,” the Dynamo Minsk defender told www.footballsierraleone.net.

“We are at the bottom of our group. We have some pressure, but I think that the team has enough experience players to handle the two games,” the 28-year-old added.

On the Match in Khartoum

I and my technical team have corrected the lapses we noticed in the first leg in Sudan, we know is going to a difficult test, having said that this Saturday’s game is a must win game.

The players did well but I don’t know what went wrong in the last fifteen minutes when we conceded that late penalty goal. That is football.

He maintained that his players were tactically minded and even better than the Sudanese.

Leone Stars Full Squad below:

Keepers: Solomon Zombo Morris (France), Ibrahim Bangura (Central Parade), Idrissa Koroma (East End Lions),

Defenders: David Simbo (Belarus), Umaru ‘Zaingalay’ Bangura (Belarus), Mohamed L. Bangura (Ports Authority FC), Yeami Dunya (FC Johansen), Abu Kanu (Mighty Blackpool), Alie Sesay (England), Kemson Fofanah (East End Lions)

Midfielders: Mohamed ‘Medo’ Kamara (Finland), Hassan ‘Milla’ Sesay (Finland), Alfred ‘Zagalo’ Sankoh (Turkey), John Bankole Kamara (Latvia), Julius Gibrilla Woobay (Slovenia), Kwame Quee (FC Johansen), Ibrahim Sorie Barrie (FC Johansen)

Strikers: Mustapha ‘Hadji’ Bangura (Serbia), Ibrahim Teteh Bangura (Sweden), Alhassan ‘Crespo’ Kamara (Sweden), Abdul Sesay (Finland), George ‘Kweku’ Davies (Germany) Sheka Fofanah (FCFC), Donald Wellington (East End Lions)

Leone Stars and technical team at the Siaka Steven Stadium.

Leone Stars and technical team at the Siaka Steven Stadium.