Tuesday, May 7, 2013
After a quiet couple of weeks for the More Than a Game Sierra Leone Appeal, we received our latest donation a couple of days ago from Josu Samaniego del Campo (pictured above). The Spaniard, who lives in Riga and plays football for Riga United Football Club, donated his hard-earned cash to the boys of Sektars FC, playing in the Craig Bellamy Foundation League,who we are sponsoring and sending to school for the next 12 months, with the inspiring words:
"I am donating to this fund because football needs Africa and Africa needs football".
Josu plays centre-forward for Riga United FC and is also studying for his UEFA C coaching badge at the moment. His side play their first match in the Latvian Second Division, when they take on Adazi at 16:15 in Riga on May 11.
The amount so far raised for our Sierra Leone Appeal now stands at £725. The target is £1000.
Thursday, February 7, 2013 (Day 29)
My good friend Graham Foster sent me the scanned copy of the feature about Craig Bellamy you can see above this blog. He spotted it in yesterday’s copy of Metro. Great to see Bellamy getting some acknowledgement but, more importantly, it was more positive media coverage for the CBF league here in Sierra Leone.
The irony of this story is that David Beckham, who is mentioned, has also helped in Sierra Leone and even stayed overnight in Makeni, where I am currently living. I know that many African players who have made it big abroad are trying to ‘give something back’ back home.
Let us hope that more professional footballers follow the examples of the likes of Bellamy and Beckham instead of wasting their riches on gambling and fast cars. Personally, I think super rich and connected FIFA and UEFA should also be doing more to work with projects that encourage education and development through football. More than 2,500 kids are benefiting from the work of the Craig Bellamy Foundation here in Sierra Leone. Imagine how many hundreds of thousands of kids around the world could benefit if FIFA were to mimic this project right across the developing world.
More Than a Game joined The Collective and the Craig Bellamy Foundation in Sierra Leone for a seven-week voluntary placement in January 2013.