Stoke City send kits to Sierra Leone.


Stoke City Sierra Leone is a club named in the honour of the Championship side and despite not having a local league the whole team dream of putting on the red and white strips.

After finding out about this the clubs fans’ council and Community Trust are looking to send Stoke City shirts out to Freetown, which is 3,000 miles away in West Africa.

The team’s dedication to Stoke City and football hadn’t gone unnoticed as they featured on BBC Midlands Today. Angela Smith, who is the chairwoman of Stoke’s fans’ council said; “We’re delighted to see them flying the flag for Stoke City. It’s great to see the love for the club spread particularly to countries you might not expect.

“A lot of people go for Manchester United and Arsenal but we know Stoke are special and it’s given our fans over here a buzz to see the love. I’ve had a lot of messages from fans asking if they if they can donate shirts and hopefully we can sort something out to get this team in a Stoke kit.”

The team love playing football and organise games between themselves and play in football shirts that are donated by the countries Ministry of Health. However, they have not yet played in a Stoke City top which is their ultimate dream.

The coach of the Stoke City Sierra Leone, Lamin Konateh told the BBC: “We have many football supporters in town here.

“If I go to a training session talking about Manchester, the team will not function well. However, if I mention Stoke City you will see a lot of people coming together.”

Konateh went on to speak about how grateful the team would be. He said: “If somebody sent a lot of jerseys to us we would really appreciate that. We would appreciate that more than you could appreciate.”


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