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Sierra Leone Sports: Sawyer and Kamara: the future of table tennis in Sierra Leone

Competing for the lower places in both the junior boys’ team and cadet boys’ team events on Monday 8 April at the 2019 African Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships in Accra, Bredford Sawyer and Mohamed Kamara have established themselves as the future for Sierra Leone. They made their international debut at the 2017 African Junior and Cadet Championship in Tunisia. According to Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer, once timid and nervous they now play with confidence, their knowledge of the game has also improved with their exposure to top class players in Africa. And he stated that notably, Bredford Sawyer won the 2017 Sierra Leone President’s Cup while Mohamed Kamara was crowned the 2018 national junior champion. “I think after our first outing in Tunisia and the media focus on us, our parents now see that we can make something out of the game. They now give us the needed support and allow us to go for training but they insist that we must go to school which is also very important to them,” Bredford Sawyer said. It is the same for Mohamed Kamara, the young man who wears dreadlocks and is a junior class three student at the Ahmadiyah Secondary School, Sea Dockyard in Freetown. “We just need more coaching so that we can start beating some of the big players in Africa. We have the confidence to play against anybody in Africa. Also, we have through the sport travelled out of Sierra Leone thrice in the last three years,” said Mohamed Kamara.


By Bernard Turay

Tel: 077579484/076829887

Monday April 15, 2019.



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