Tuesday, 7 April 2015


On Sunday 10th May I’m running the Manchester 10K in aid of Sierra Leone.  

You 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.

If you would like to sponsor me then you can do so via the donation link

Many thanks (in anticipation) for your tremendous support.

Sunday, 1 March 2015


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.
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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.


                                                                             Allie Turay


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 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 family financially.


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, expensive project.

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.