By Ibrahim Bangura a.k.a. Tanko
The Sierra Leone Hockey Association has expressed disappointment over what it said was government’s failure to fund their representation in the International Hockey Tournament in Nigeria. In an exclusive interview, the National Coordinator of Hockey Association, Mr. Michael M. Sesay, told NewsWatch Sports on Friday 12th July 2019, that they were selected to participate in this year’s international Hockey competition in Nigeria, adding that the tournament was slated to take place on the 5th and 7th July, 2019.
He said the budget they presented to the Director of Sports was for Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000,00) for a Forty man delegation.
In his response, the Director of Sports, Mr Kenneth Brima said the government cannot sponsor the Hockey Association in this year’s tournament in Nigeria because of lack of funds, adding that they are unhappy for not being able to respond to their demands.
Isata Kallon of Hill Station Hockey Club, said that they are absolutely dismayed by government’s untimely response towards their dreams and ambitions. She added that the Association has made all efforts to lobby Corporate and business houses but to no avail. Miss. Kallon appealed that the Ministry should not only focus on football, Volleyball Cricket because there are 35 sporting disciplines in the country at the moment.
“This is our career, we believe in ourselves to make the difference at home and aboard so we deserve to be supported by government” She affirmed.