Site dedicated to helping Sierra Leone in its battle against EBOLA and keeping families in work also to help keep MCFC Sierra Leone in existance and indeed become finacially independent - To this end the bus is now purchsed NOW delivered to Sierra Leone MCFC along with all sorts of kit - We still need to insure the bus - maintain it - put fuel in it etc - PLEASE KEEP GIVING - WE NEED IT NOW MORE THAN EVER - THANKS FOR HELPING
Sunday 10th May I’m running the Manchester 10K in aid of Sierra
may well have seen me pounding the streets of Reddish along with the tracks and
trails of Reddish Vale in preparation for this but, now that the wonderful £ky
TV have decided to move our QPR game to the same day with a 1:30pm KO I’m going
to have to up my game if I’m going to finish in time to see the match.
f you would like to sponsor me then you can do so via the donation link
thanks (in anticipation) for your tremendous support.
Things were going well for
Man City Sierra Leone up until June 2014 when the team bus was involved in a
crash on the streets of Freetown.
The damage, as can been seen,
was extensive but more importantly the driver sustained a serious foot injury
and spent a week in hospital, that was not only painful for him but expensive
to fund. Although it was not our drivers fault there is no insurance scheme out
there as we have over here. I am pleased to say that the driver has since made
a full recovery.
The bus remained off the road
for several weeks and the cost of the repair depleted our funds considerably.
Of course being off the road for so long meant that the bus was not earning an
income for the club and yet again we had to raise finds to keep them afloat.
Eventually the bus was back
on the road and all seemed looked well, but this was short lived. Almost
immediately after the bus was back the terrible tragedy of Ebola hit West
Africa and Sierra Leone in particular. Quite soon into the disaster we received
the sad news that Dr. Mohammed Korma had died from the disease. He was the
Chair of the largest Sierra Leone supporters club outside of the capital
Freetown and had contracted the disease through his work with the afflicted. We
were able to send his family a little money to help them through the loss of
their only breadwinner.
The next tragedy struck in
October 2014 when the club medic Allie Turay died. As well as the Man City
Sierra Leone Medic he was a nurse at the local hospital which is where he
contracted the disease.
He left behind a wife and two
young children. His death caught the interest of City Fans throughout the world
and we are proud to say that City fans being City fans they came together to
aid his family financially with the New York Branch holding a fund raising
event for the family and raising $1000.
By January 2014 there were
signs that the Ebola Crisis was beginning to wain having killed more than 2,500
people in Sierra Leone. However it was on 28th January that we were
informed of the death of our 19 year old defender Dura Kanu
Dura’s father died from Ebola the week before and as we
write this article his remaining family are still isolated in their home under
quarantine regulations. Dura was the player who scored the winning goal to get
the club promotion into the first division. Again we have been able to help his
The outbreak of Ebola has seen the suspension of all
football, schooling and people are not allowed to gather, so they cannot even
go out to watch a City game on television. We all hope for end of this terrible
plight on innocent people who have little in life anyway.
That the recent bad news. Let’s look at some good news:
In November, with the ongoing Ebola crisis in mind, City
fans started collecting anti-bacterial hand gel to ship out. Whilst this was no
cure for the disease it was thought to help. Before the serval hundred bottles
collected were shipped the effort came to the attention of British Telecom, who
are the employers of Howard Burr. Through Howard they donated several thousand
anti-flu kits they had in stock. The kits consisted of face masks and
ant-bacterial wipes. Not only did they donate the kits but they also paid for
the shipment, which included our bottles of gel along with various items
donated toward Armani’s new house which is in the process of being built
The items were delivered by
Armani to various health establishments in Sierra Leone and were gratefully
received, re-enforcing their already fond views and MCFC and its supporters.
Simple donations like this actually save lives.
loading up for the Ebola crisis
Armani distributing hand gel - flue kits etc
Good news item 2:
During Arman’s visits to the
UK people have donated to him personally in order that he could build a house
for him and his family. Along with Paul Lake, Howards Burr, Phil Holme and Alex
Channon I witnessed the conditions that Armani is currently living in. To say
they are desperate is an understatement. A man who works so hard to promote Man
City in his country deserves more and I am pleased to say that the photo below
is how Arman’s new house stands now (February 2015)
It is not finished yet but is
not far off. Anytime he can earn money he buys more materials but it is a slow,
Armani's house as yet unfinished
We should be very clear that none of the money donated for Sierra Leone has been spent on
Armani’s house. The money has come from individuals who have specifically
donated towards the house itself.
We can continue to grow Man
City Sierra Leone, hopefully into a Premier League club, but only with the help
from City fans worldwide, that having been said we recently received a very
generous donation from somebody who, as far as we know, is not a City fan.
Please visit the ‘How to Help’ page of this website and please tell as many people as you can
to visit the website.
I will like to say thanks to all my friends and Manchester City Fans world
wide that have stand by me in this difficult time in my life.
As when we
spoke on the phone you know that I have some relief as I was nervous before I
went to court.
I hope justice will prevail as let the truth come out so
that the world will know the truth.
Once more I will like to say special
thanks to you all from the bottom of my heart as you give me confidence, when I
know the justice system out here I hope justice prevail.
Best regards to
you all Armani in Sierra Leone
Monies update - we have raised £1.365 to date of which we have spent £500 and Armanis lawyer and trial expenses - leaving £865 we are keeping this back in case we need a barrister for an appeal which would cost in the region of £2.000 so we would be short by £1.035 BUT we are hoping and praying of course we do not need a barrister - so would then be in a position to give extra monies to the MCFC community in SL
I will like to thanks all my friends and Manchester City fans world wild that have stand behind me in this trying and most difficult time in my life,as i was put in the central prison here for more than 60 hours after i was denial bail on my first hearing as i am now on bail i will return to court back on July 4.
I was moved and touch and have the courage for all what i go through as blues all around the world show their support for me and i hope justice prevails.
If try to help my fellow youth who has great talent in football in my country with the help of MCFC and the City supporters club world wild,that have provide the team with a mini bus that pay 55 football team players and most of this players used their salaries to fund and education for them self i will like to see this team make it to the top flight in Sierra Leone football and exist after my death,so i am more determine to carry on.
Once more i will like to thanks you all for your supporters toward me and hope justice prevail and let the truth come out.
Mainly for Armani's defence - plus later in the year some kit is being sent out and we need money for import tax, for those that do not know the story this is copied and pasted from Bluemoon
Over the last few weeks we are aware that people may have heard of the
devastating events that have happened to Armani so, in order to bring everyone
up to date I will give quick recap.
In 2011 Umbro donated a large amount
to sports equipment to Man City Sierra Leone via MCFC. It was shipped out on a
container and included hundreds of pairs of size 8 Umbro football boots. Upon
receipt Armani kitted out his team, but because all the boots were size 8 some
were taken to a local sports dealer and exchanged for sizes that fitted, the
usual deal was 2 Umbro for a pair of the player’s choice. Armani had lots of
equipment over and he distributed it free of charge to other football clubs,
schools, churches, Mosques etc. That distribution was covered widely in the
Sierra Leone Media.
When Paul Lake and I went out with Howard Burr, Phil
Holme and Alex Channon to deliver the bus prior to the Umbro shipment we met a
woman out there who runs her own football club called FC Johansen. This woman is
a very influential and a wealthy. Through that contact it was decided that her
football club should receive the remaining Umbro stuff that would not fit into
Armani's container, and she also received some City kit. Sometime after that was
received Armani was informed that FC Johansen had worn an official Man City kit
at one of their matches (it actually transpired that they may have only worn the
kit to warm up prior to kick off, but Armani was told that it was worn during
the match.) In order to avoid confusion Armani expressed concern to me and I in
turn passed that on to Paul Lake. Paul wrote a friendly email to the owner of FC
Johansen reminding her that any City kit she had received was for her team as
leisure wear and to avoid confusion with Man City Sierra Leone it should not be
worn at official matches. The reply Paul received was, in my view, aggressive
and critical of Armani for bringing it to the attention of City. Also within the
reply to Paul was what I perceived at the time to be a veiled threat.
Early last week Armani was running a training session with his players
when CID officers turned up and told him that the boots some of his players were
wearing had been identified by FC Johansen as items they had stolen some weeks
earlier. Armani was arrested and taken to the police station where he was able
to contact me in a very distressed state. It was alleged to him that the police
had been told by his accusers that there were in fact no football boots for him
in the Umbro shipment and that only FC Johansen received the boots. This fact is
not a problem as the City Website shows film of the boots being load for
shipment out to Armani and we have the official shipping documents.
was able to speak to the investigating officer on the phone and he did not seem
interested in anything I wanted to say and told me that Armani would be held in
custody until the investigation was complete. Armani later told me that someone
informed him t they had witnessed the officer being "encouraged" by his accuser
not to allow Armani bail. Through the great help of a friend of mine Miriam
Mason-Sessay who runs the charity Educaid out there, a legal representative was
arranged and managed to get him out on bail the following day. The bail was high
and was collected by friends and family of Armani. I understand that money is
not returned as it was to "buy" bail. He was then told that he had to return to
the police station 2 days later which he did. At that point he was charged with
Receiving Stolen Property and was ordered to appear in court on 12th June. This
he did and by this time he had a good lawyer to represent him. Armani entered
his plea of Not Guilty and to the shock and horror of everyone in the court he
was remanded to prison to await trial.
That evening I got telephone call
from Sierra Leone by people who were in court who told me that the Magistrate
was not interested in any arguments for bail and I was also told that his
accuser has a close relative who is very senior in the Judicial System out
there. One of the calls I took was from the man who runs Sheffield United Sierra
Leone and he told me that every football club in Sierra Leone was supporting
Armani and they all knew that the charges against him were malicious. Another
caller told me that senior people in the Sierra Leone FA were not happy with the
situation and were supportive of Armani (I cannot confirm the accuracy of this).
Armani remained in the prison until Friday 14th June when he returned this time
his bail application was accepted and is now out on bail until a trial date on
Everyone who knows Armani well in both this country and his
country knows that these allegations are malicious and are born out of jealousy
and vindictiveness but the allegations are made by an influential person. He is
being accused of stealing Umbro boots when he has given away hundreds of pairs
of Umbro boots. This case would not get to court in our country but I know from
experience of working out there that people with influence tend to get their
If you want to show your support for Armani on here please do so as
I know Armani is a Bluemooner. Armani is also on Facebook, if you’re not already
his friend then search for Armani Kamara and post a message of support……justice
We will keep everyone up to date with all
I am writing to tell you how wonderful Armani and his driver have been all week - it has been a great experience. I hired the bus Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to transport conference participants from the Barmoi to the Special Court. On Wednesday we started by driving the bus up to meet the First Lady at the Presidential Lodge and then into town to go to the market. On Sunday, Armani is taking some of us to Beach #2. More than that, though, is that Armani has been very professional, generous and helpful. He has been working really hard to do whatever is asked of him - some things i did not know about until he showed up with perfume and sunglasses to sell to my colleagues from Uganda or Rwanda! He is very entrepreneurial while also fair. Well, you know all this already but I wanted to reinforce it. And when I am walking around with Armani he is greeted all the time, like a local hero. So cool. On Thursday after the opening day we had a reception here at the hotel so Armani also had a chance to show off some of his dance moves by the lower pool! I think I can say that he had a good time.
Armani gave me a copy of the MCSL cd and I may try and burn some copies. And he and I are going to send you photos of the women's rights activists in front of the MCSL bus. Talk about community outreach, Paul! (here is the conference link http://tubman.apps01.yorku.ca/events/forced_marriage_in_conflict_situations_international_conference )
MCFC SL has been asked to play the first game of the season at the National Stadium this is an unheard of honour for a second div side - and is in recognition of the work done by Armani and his team - and also for letting the National Team use the bus - we are getting noticed guys - keep the money coming in BTW