Valentino Family Football Competition… Deaf Lions Crowned Champions


By Thomas S. Kembay

In their test match as part of their preparation for the West Africa Deaf Soccer Tournament in Niger, the Deaf Lions on Wednesday, 14th of February, 2018 won the final match of the Valentino Family Football  Competition at the Magberay Ferry Field defeating the host team Magberay Stars 3 goals to 1.

Speaking shortly after the winning, Director of Sports of the Sierra Leone National Association of the Deaf (SLNAD), Rev. Ramatu Sesay explained that the competition forms part of the team’s test matches in preparation for the West African Deaf Union Football Tournament slated for August, 2018 in Niger.

“Winning the Valentine Family Football Trophy is an added advantage and laurel for us ahead of the Niger Competition,” said the Sports Director, pointing out that the test matches helped them scout out for the best players for the competition.

She recalled that in 2017, Deaf Lions of Sierra Leone brought home a bronze medal as they took third place in the eight edition of the West Africa Deaf Football Tournament in Mali.

“With no support from government and sports stakeholders, we did our best to make sure we fly the Sierra Leone flag high,” said Rev. Ramatu Sesay.

She added with such performances from the boys through test matches in different competitions, the team will be able to make it to the final or even win the ninth edition of the West Africa Deaf Football Tournament in Niger. For this, she called on government and stakeholders for their support, this time round.

Chairman and President of Sierra Leone National Association of the Deaf (SLNAD), Alhaji Mohamed Rahman said Sierra Leone is expected to host other Africa nations in the tenth edition of the tournament as it is done on rotational basis among participating countries.

Sierra Leone, he said, will gain knowledge and experience on how to organize and go about the process through participation. He therefore pleaded for government and donor support to enable them participate in the ninth edition of the competition in Niger.