Football for a new tomorrow

Injured football-stars receive heartfelt support from an unexpected source

One of the most inspiring stories in football this season comes from an unlikely place: Sierra Leone, Africa. In a campaign by the humanitarian organisation FANT (Football for a new tomorrow), an amputee football team sends a heartfelt message of support to some of the football superstars who have been side-lined this season due to severe injury. Among the injured players who receive a greeting of encouragement from Flying Stars Amputee Football Club is Juventus legend Giorgio Chiellini, Real Madrid star Marco Asensio and Man City’s winger Leroy Sané and Everton’s Portuguese international André Gomes. They’re not only megastars, they also have millions of followers on Instagram and Facebook. The Flying Stars is a football team from Freetown in Sierra Leone with players who are all amputees. Many of these injuries stem from the civil war in Sierra Leone, considered one of the African continent’s most grim and bloody. For years, those injuries kept the players from doing what they love the most: To play football. But in the end, their love of the game gave them the strength to work their way back on the pitch. And come back even stronger.