“We are not here to break legs,” Chief says

Before the commencement of the foot ball tournament for reconciliation in Kissi Teng chiefdom, Kundu Section Chief, Sahr Wundeh Falleh called on participating teams to play the game as brothers and sisters in the spirit of reconciliation.

“We are not here to break legs but to build peace in our communities,“ Chief Falleh stressed, adding “if you kick a player you are kicking your own brother or sister because we are all from the same family in the district.” He emphasized the need for such programme to continue calling on Fambul Tok and PLAY 31 to continue the good initiative.

As the football for reconciliation tournament continued in Kailahun district, communities that were not part of the initial tournament are now determined to be a part of the tournament.

During the second leg of the tournament in Kpeingbakordu village in the Kissi Teng chiefdom, two teams were drawn from Dakalele section. It was a combination of Nyadeyama and Kuudu teams whilst the host team (Kpeingbakordu), formed one team. One female team represented each of the three communities in the tournament.

Chief Augustine Brima of Kuudu village also admonished players to play among themselves as a family and cautioned them to maintain peace if anyone lose.

Regent Chief of Kissi Teng chiefdom, Fallah Jusu joined others to extend appreciation to Fambul Tok and PLAY 31 for collaborating with communities to build peace in the country after the decade long civil conflict. “Foot ball has brought joy to our communities”.

Women’s representative, Mariama Jalloh called on her women folks to be law abiding, adding that she was extremely happy to see for the very first time women playing football.

‘I’m really happy for Fambul Tok because nobody has ever thought of organizing such a wonderful event’ Jalloh said.

The Programme Director, Fambul Tok, John Caulker called on players to be mindful of the way they play.According to him, everyone belong to one big family and therefore, if anyone deliberately hurts the other, it would not augur well.

In the women’s category, the host team Kpeingbakordu lost by a lone goal to the Nyadeyama female team.

In the men’s football, the host team proved to hundreds of spectators that they were determined to win by all means possible. They defeated the combined teams from Nyadeyama and Kuudu by a lone goal.


About Solomon Yarjoh

Solomon Yarjoh is the Communications Director for the Fambul Tok program in Sierra Leone.
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