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Sierra Leone Sports: Coach Sully vows to resuscitate women’s football

Premier AC Women's team

Premier AC Women’s team

Premier AC President, Suleiman Hamid (Coach Sully), says the lack of enough facilities should not limit girls playing competitive football. That is the inspiration behind his determination to promote women’s football in his motherland.
Coach Sully admits it’s time to make women’s football in Sierra Leone the envy of the sub-region considering the desire of the girls to play the game even with the little resources they usually provide for themselves.
Having trained local coaches for grass roots football, the enthusiastic football Coach has turned his attention to women’s football, starting with 18 girls between the ages of 14-17, most based in Freetown.
In his efforts to develop the first set of players under his Football Club Premier AC, he has assigned a technical team headed by Coach Junior Konneh and Goalkeeper Coach Habib Sesay to train the players.
“The girls have the prospect of becoming Sierra Leone’s best women footballers in the coming years. But, to attain that level, we have to ensure the girls focus on their football by providing their basic necessities to help them shape up very well,” he said.
“I’m working towards building a formidable women’s squad which I will further support to gain recognition within and outside of the country”.
He acknowledged, funding for women’s football is the main challenge towards it growth, as most institutions and individuals prefer sponsoring men’s teams. But he believes with time people will support women’s football.
Matta Conteh is the most experienced player in the squad. She expressed delight for being given the chance to join Premier AC. She said, Coach Sully has a deep-rooted urge to change the face of women’s football in the country.
Conteh admitted, “He is very passionate about football and we are happy to have someone like him who doesn’t care about how to use us to make money, but have extreme interest on how to develop our career and how to improve our wellbeing”.
Coach Sully is based in America where he runs Premier AC Academy as President and a senior Coach. He also manages boy’s teams in USA and Sierra Leone under the same Club.
To encourage more people to promote grass roots football, especially women’s football, a day refresher coaching course will be organized on Friday August 11, 2017 at the FA’s Academy in Kingtom.
By Magdalene S Konneh
Thursday August 10, 2017.

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