Football Sierra Leone was awarded the AWOL UK 2017 Special Award (ASA) for its “Outstanding Contribution to Sierra Leone football and Sports Journalism” on Saturday in London. 

The founder and editor of the website, Alie Ahmed Bittar, received the award at the Royal Regency Banqueting Suite, Manor Park, London, on July 29, 2017, during the 6th Annual Achievement Awards ceremony.

The AWOL UK recognises individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to society by supporting community cohesion and development.

In a letter to editor Bittar, AWOL stated: “We are very proud and delighted to inform you that you and your medium have been chosen for an AWOL Special Award (ASA) – Contribution to Sports Journalism and your immense contribution to your community.” 

The letter praised the website’s support, thoughtfulness and kindness to society and added, “We are, therefore, pleased to recognise your invaluable work.”

The award was determined by the All Works Of Life review panel across AWOL’s global network.

Bittar, who was born in Sierra Leone and has lived in the United Kingdom since 2007, expressed his honour and humility at being recognised as the driving force behind the only Sierra Leone football fastest-growing website.

“I am extremely grateful to my team and feel honoured to be a part of Sierra Leone’s sole and fastest-growing football website, which attracts over 30,000 monthly visitors.”

“I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to AWOL UK for recognizing our website’s efforts. I must mention that despite the difficulties in organizing such a prestigious event, you were able to put together a program that will be remembered for a long time.”

The Sierra Leone High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr Edward Mohamed Turay, was among other dignitaries in attendance.

In 2015 FSL editor – Bittar was named amongst the 54 most influential people in Sierra Leone by the Swit Salone website.

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