Sierra Leone’s Young Female Referee Appeals for Medical Aid

By Alpha Sesay (Pen Pusher)

Fatmata Bangura, a respected member of both the Western Area and Sierra Leone National Football Referee Associations, is making a public plea for assistance as she battles a severe medical condition. The situation emerged during her participation in a referee in-service training in Portloko, in the run-up to last year’s Sierra Leone Premier League.

With a fervor for football, Bangura has dedicated countless hours and substantial personal funds to officiating matches over several years. Her commitment, however, has now been halted by a pressing health issue that demands immediate medical attention – a cost she cannot shoulder alone. Consequently, she is reaching out for financial support to facilitate necessary treatment and enable her swift return to the game she loves.

Bangura revealed that the incident took place during a standard exercise at the Premier League referees’ seminar in Portloko. She had an unfortunate fall, landing on a stone that pierced her back. Though the stone was promptly removed, she has since been plagued by intense pain and complications. With her savings from the Sierra Leone Premier League and other local football competitions depleted, her condition is yet to improve. Currently, she requires Le 3,000 for a CT scan at Choithram Hospital, a critical step in assessing whether she requires physiotherapy or surgical intervention.

In this difficult time, Bangura is appealing to the wider football community and sports enthusiasts to rally behind her. Donations of any size will significantly contribute to her medical costs, ensuring her return to the field where her passion lies.

Those interested in supporting Fatmata Bangura in her recovery journey can reach out to her at +232 74 820772 via WhatsApp or direct call.



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