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Former speaker, others express happiness at fundraising game

Jul 17, 2012, 2:28 PM

Former Speaker of the National Assembly Elizabeth Renner has said that it was significant for women to realise they could also do it on the football pitch, since sport is a tool that brings people together.

Madam Renner was speaking at the end of a fundraising game played at the Father Gough Sport Complex on Saturday, where the female artistes squad under-swept the female media presenters.

“It is also important for the male to do the same as it will promote more friendship and appreciation of each other’s work,” Mrs Renner said.

Speaking to Pointsport after a penalty shootout, various artistes and media presenters of both teams expressed joy over what they said was a great opportunity of meeting together.

Sambu Suso, captain of the artistes, said the game aimed at bringing them together as one, adding that most of them used to hear about one another but never had the opportunity to meet.

After her earlier substitution, she said she had to give chance to others to play since the game was not really meant for victory; rather it was meant to fraternize.

Sambu Suso, who called for such initiatives to be continued, also appealed for such a match to be staged between male artistes and media presenters.

She also thanked their sponsors for facilitating the game.

The captain of the female media presenters, Ndey Buso, said she was glad both teams had a good time on the pitch.

“I never thought both teams could play like they have done,” she said, adding: “If we continue training, we can make it, because it is a matter of training and concentration.”

She also said: “I was a bit disappointed because we could have scored more than ten goals! But all the same I am happy.”

Kumba Kuyateh, a female artiste, said they came with confidence and hope of winning the match and trophy, which they did.

She further thanked and congratulated their opponents for their participation, saying it was a great encounter. 

Kumba also called for the initiative to be continued, “as such games will foster peace and friendship among us”.