East End Lions F.C.

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East End Lions
East End Lions.jpg
Full nameEast End Lions
Nickname(s)Red Roaring Lions, The Killers
Founded1928
GroundNational Stadium
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Capacity60,000
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. Pos. Nation Player
GK Sierra Leone SLE Alhaji Conteh
GK Sierra Leone SLE Mohamed Jalloh
GK Sierra Leone SLE Mohamed Kanú
DF Sierra Leone SLE Mohamed Bah
DF Sierra Leone SLE Kai Gborie
DF Sierra Leone SLE Issa Kamara
DF Sierra Leone SLE Ibrahim Kamara
DF Sierra Leone SLE Ibrahim Kargbo
DF Sierra Leone SLE Abu Sesay
DF Sierra Leone SLE Mohamed Rogers
DF Sierra Leone SLE Samuel Sesay
MF Sierra Leone SLE Musa Sesay
MF Sierra Leone SLE Alimamy "Okomi" Sesay
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Sierra Leone SLE Amara Kamara
MF Sierra Leone SLE Aljaji Samuels
MF Sierra Leone SLE Mohamed Fofanah
FW Sierra Leone SLE Abdulai Bundu
FW Sierra Leone SLE Amudu Conteh
FW Sierra Leone SLE Mustapha Conteh
FW Sierra Leone SLE David Conteh
FW Sierra Leone SLE Alia Fofanah
FW Sierra Leone SLE Seray Jah
FW Sierra Leone SLE Alimamy Abedi Bundu
FW Sierra Leone SLE Sidique Mansaray
FW Sierra Leone SLE 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.