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Sierra Leone Sports: Greener World Soccer Link Academy selects 60 boys

Titus Bockarie ContehThe Chief Executive Officer of Greener World Soccer Link Academy and Agency, Titus Bockarie Conteh has confirmed that a total of 60 boys were selected out of the lot that participated in their massive football trials, which was recently organized in Western Area.
In other to identify skilful players that have the potential to play top rated football, the academy set up the trial, which attracted over 160 boys under the ages of 12-17.
The CEO, who described the trial as a very successful event, said he was amazed to see huge numbers of skilful and talented players with so much zest to play football under any circumstances.
“Most of the boys are very good, but they need the basics to shape their career. This was why we are here to identify their talents so that we can be able to promote and improve them as professional footballers as we’ve done for other players that went through our academy in Ghana over the past years.
The CEO confessed he was convinced with the quality of performance exhibited by the selected boys. Stressing that, the boys were cheated because they kept their skills hidden, due to the fact that they’ve not been playing competitive football for the past years to upgrade their techniques.
“And then, identifying these skills, you have to start all over again trying to develop them. But notwithstanding, Greener World Soccer Link Academy and Agency have come to collaborate with other stakeholders to see how best we can work together and develop these boys for the country,”
Reiterating his commitment to decentralize the academy, as he plans to stage similar trials in BO, Kenema and Makeni before the end of September, Conteh stated that the academy is looking forward to host 120 boys as the first set of generation.
Conteh remarked: “This is not a charitable organization; I’m a business man and I run a well-recognized academy in Accra Ghana, and I have been doing it for the past 12 years. I run it exclusively on commercial grounds. That is exactly how I will be running the branch that I will be establishing in Masiaka”.
However, a multipurpose academy with 6 bed room flats, standard gym and educational centre will be constructed in Masiaka for the boys, but at the moment, they are in talks to use the Craig Bellamy Foundation facilities if possible. If they fail in their negotiations, they will look out for a rented apartment.
Ibrahim Sillah said many of the selected boys are happy to have got the chance to pursue their career. He said now that they’ve been selected, they can’t wait to start attending training and classes because their dream of playing professional football will soon come to reality.
Mohamed Kamara a parent whose kids were fortunate to be selected, said he is concerned about the sustainability of the academy, but believes if everything goes as explained by the CEO, their kids will enjoy the best of football and as well as quality education.
By Magdalene S. Konneh
Wednesday September 13, 2017.

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