Former Striker in the National Football Team, Leone Stars, John Dissa, has told NewsWatch that the Government and Ministry of Sports should be making every effort to help and honour Sports Heroes during their lifetime rather than wait until after they have died. The former Eastend Lions and Leone Stars top goal scorer was speaking in an interview over the death of his elder sister, former Golf Ace, late Martha Kamara (nee Dissa), who passed away recently after a protracted illness.
A distraught John Dissa choked back tears, as he explained that their sister left them when they needed her most but clearly stated that the issue of paramount concern to the family now is Martha’s dying wish, her dream project to establish a golf mentoring project for children at the Freetown Golf Club. Her death, John Dissa maintained, has left the children devastated as according to him “They are now without their mentor”
John Dissa also intimated this writer that his late sister had told him that her aim was to secure the assistance from well-meaning Sierra Leoneans, including the first lady Mrs. Fatima Bio, owing to her love and concern for children, and also planned to meet many other donors to support her mentorship/instructor program with children; to enhance the game of Golf from the schools/grass roots level.
“Ace Broadcaster Mrs. Asma James of Radio Democracy 98.1 was one such member of the public she had already met at the Golf club” he revealed.
“I am calling on President Dr Julius Maada Bio, first lady Mrs. Fatima Bio (for her love and care for Children) and other stakeholders to step up and uphold the legacy left behind by late Martha Kamara” he appealed.
“Even as Martha lay on her dying bed, she was most concerned about the project and talking about the way forward, should anything happen to her. Hence, this is what we’re currently thinking about as a family” he continued.
Mr. Dissa also recalled how Martha had impacted his life. The former soccer star said Martha stood firmly with him when he faced enormous challenges after his football career ended.
“She urged me to pursue till the end in a positive way”
The deceased is survived by a daughter who lives in Australia and a son who lives somewhere within the West African sub-region.