East End Lions F.C.

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East End Lions
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Full nameEast End Lions
Nickname(s)Red Roaring Lions, The Killers
Founded1928
GroundNational Stadium
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Capacity60,000
ChairmanSanusie Kargbo
ManagerChristian Cole
LeagueSierra Leone National Premier League
20141st out of 14 clubs

East End Lions is a Sierra Leonean professional football club based in the capital Freetown. They play in the Sierra Leone National Premier League, the top football league in Sierra Leone. East End Lions represents the East End of Freetown, and play their home games at the National Stadium.[1] The head coach, appointed in 2018 is John Keister.[2]

East End Lions are one of the two biggest and most successful football clubs in Sierra Leonean football history (along with their main rivalry Mighty Blackpool). The club was founded in 1928 and is one of the oldest football clubs in Sierra Leone.

In May 2014, it was confirmed that former East End Lions hero Abubakarr Sesay aka ‘Abu Community’ had died.[3]

Rivalry[edit]

East End Lions have an intense rivalry with fellow powerhouse Mighty Blackpool who have won the National League 10 times. When these two clubs play each other at the national stadium in Freetown, tickets are often sold out; there is usually a heavy police presence to prevent clashes between their supporters,[4]

Achievements[edit]

1977, 1980, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2010.2019[5]
1965, 1973, 1980, 1989.[6]

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

1998 – Preliminary Round
2006 – Preliminary Round
2010 – Preliminary Round
2011 – Preliminary Round
1981: First Round
1986: withdrew in Preliminary Round
1994: First Round
1992 – First Round
1990 – Second Round

Squad (2011–12)[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Sierra Leone GK Alhaji Conteh
Sierra Leone GK Mohamed Jalloh
Sierra Leone GK Mohamed Kanú
Sierra Leone DF Mohamed Bah
Sierra Leone DF Kai Gborie
Sierra Leone DF Issa Kamara
Sierra Leone DF Ibrahim Kamara
Sierra Leone DF Ibrahim Kargbo
Sierra Leone DF Abu Sesay
Sierra Leone DF Mohamed Rogers
Sierra Leone DF Samuel Sesay
Sierra Leone MF Musa Sesay
Sierra Leone MF Alimamy "Okomi" Sesay
No. Position Player
Sierra Leone MF Amara Kamara
Sierra Leone MF Aljaji Samuels
Sierra Leone MF Mohamed Fofanah
Sierra Leone FW Abdulai Bundu
Sierra Leone FW Amudu Conteh
Sierra Leone FW Mustapha Conteh
Sierra Leone FW David Conteh
Sierra Leone FW Alia Fofanah
Sierra Leone FW Seray Jah
Sierra Leone FW Alimamy Abedi Bundu
Sierra Leone FW Sidique Mansaray
Sierra Leone FW Foday Samura

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sierra Leone Sports: East End Lions appoints 10-man executive". Awoko Newspaper. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  2. ^ "Sierra Leone Sports: Keister becomes East End Lions coach". Awoko Newspaper. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  3. ^ Sesay, Abu. Physiological responses of soybeans to foliar nutrient application (Thesis). Iowa State University. doi:10.31274/rtd-180814-2445.
  4. ^ "SOCCER INFERNO IN FREETOWN TODAY, as Arch -rivals Mighty Blackpool and East End Lions clash to open Sierra Leone Premier League – Cocorioko". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  5. ^ "Sierra Leone - List of Champions". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  6. ^ "Sierra Leone - List of Cup Winners". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2019-03-09.