It is with great sadness and grief that the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has been informed that Victor Foday Marah has on Tuesday 25th September, passed away.
According to reports reaching the SLFA, the late Referee Marah collapsed while officiating a community league match at the Kingtom K-Tee Field and was rushed to the Connaught Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Victor Foday Marah was an intermediate football referee trained in Freetown by the Western Area Football Referees Association (WAFRA).
"Marah was an obedient young man, willing to learn and always ready to officiate a match when called upon. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, the Sierra Leone Football Association and football loving fans nationwide," Acting President, Brima Mazola Kamara lamented.
The late Victor Foday Marah attended the CAF 'PROMISING REFEREES' Course in Cairo, Egypt, recently and was among the best seven (7) young referees in Africa eye-marked for the FIFA 2019 referees’ badge.
"He was outstanding in the past FIFA FUTURO III Course, that was organized by FIFA in Sierra Leone. He was a promising referee, who has been on CAF and FIFA radar since last year. He was one of the finest intermediate Referees in the country," Mohamed Bowen Freeman, SLFA Referees Manager said.
In its condolence letter to the SLFA; signed by the Deputy General Secretary, Anthony Baffoe, the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) described the late Victor Foday Marah as "one of the potentials" in Africa.
The President of CAF Referees Committee, Mr Souleiman Hassan Waberi said; "I strongly believe that he would have been a future talent and flag bearer of African refereeing on the continent and worldwide".
The SLFA would like to express its deepest sympathy and condolences to his family and friends. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
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