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Sierra Leone Sports: Single-leg football team takes part in FIFA Foundation Festival in Moscow

The Single-Leg Amputee football team are taking part in the FIFA Foundation Festival in Moscow during the 2018 World Cup tournament.
The leader of the delegation, Albert Mustapha said they are proud to represent Sierra Leone in such a festival, which brings together 48 non-governmental organizations from 38 countries that work year-round to make a positive difference through football. They include Street Soccer USA, Sport Against Racism Ireland, Single Leg Amputee Sports Association from Sierra Leone and Downside Up Charity who helps improve the quality of life for Russian children with down syndrome, to name a few.
The Festival will culminate with a football tournament and awards ceremony to be held in Red Square on 30 June 2018. The tournament will follow the football-3 concept – a different way of playing the game that is changing lives across the globe. Like the name suggests, football-3 has three halves. It also has no refs. Mixed gender teams decide the rules before they play and then come together at the final whistle to reflect on their efforts.
Football has a unique power to drive social change and some of the people who know that better than anyone have arrived in Russia for a special event of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The first part of the Festival centres around a leadership programme for young community workers identified by their organisation as potential leaders in their community. They will be able to further develop their skills to manage social projects across their networks while also being trained in the football-3 methodology.
“Each participant was chosen because of their leadership potential and commitment in their communities,” said Federico Addiechi, FIFA’s Head of Sustainability & Diversity. “The FIFA Foundation Festival will be a unique gathering to celebrate and showcase the power of football for positive social change.”
The young participants will experience a packed programme that will allow them to exchange, learn, experience Russia and play football with their peers from around the world. They will also have the chance to attend a Round of 16 World Cup match at the Luzhniki Stadium.
The youngest in the Sierra Leone delegation, Abu Sesay, said he was happy for such opportunity given to the delegation for them to show case their talent during the festival and the football at the end. While Adama Suma went further to thank the Single Leg Amputee football team for appointing her to be part of the delegation. She said they will do their best to make sure they work as a team to bring laurels home.
By Bernard Turay
Thursday June 28, 2018.

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