Former Chairman of East End Lions and renowned football Administrator Alhaji Unisa Alim Sesay (Awoko) has died at the Choithram Hospital, in Freetown.


Close family sources who spoke to this newspaper said Awoko had been sick for several months, and then he was rushed to the hospital at about 6pm yesterday, but later died shortly.

Meanwhile, the death of Awoko received varieties of views, with some thinking it was a rumour, and others knew that the old man was actually dead.

Alhaji Yunisa Alim Sesay had held numerous positions in Sierra Leone. Until his death, he was Commissioner of the Sierra Leone Government Assets Commission.

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“You were a hero in your own right and your brilliance and love for country and the continent was one that few would question. May the Almighty forgive us all for whatever wrong and hurt we may have caused each other and those around us. We pray that God embrace you and that you find the forgiveness and peace that we all wish for in the life after. Sleep well my brother,” Isha Johansen, SLFA President says.

Awoko was a former Executive Committee member during his reign as the Western Area FA Chairman and has been in football administration more than any other person in the history of football in the country. He was a CAF approved match commissioner and has served in several football committees; most of which, he was either Chairman or Vice Chairman.

He was a former Chairman of East End Lions, one of the biggest football clubs in the country before becoming a Consultant Chairman for Anti-Drugs FC; a club he founded and helped gain promotion to the SLFA premiership.

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As the family prepare for his laying out and burial ceremony, the SLFA would like to express its sincere condolences to the family and loved ones at home and abroad. We pray that light perpetual shines over him till we meet again.

Meanwhile, negotiations between the SLFA and its membership as to how his burial would be graced as one family, are ongoing and details will soon be made public.