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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 June, 2005, 12:21 GMT 13:21 UK
Sierra Leone win Peace Trophy
By Mohamed Fajah Barrie
BBC Sport, Freetown

Sierra Leone's Mohamed Kallon (right) with the Peace trophy
Mohamed Kallon (right) helped Sierra Leone win the Peace Trophy

Sierra Leone have won the four-nation Peace Trophy organized in Freetown by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).

The Leone Stars defeated a second-string Guinea team 2-0 in the last match of the round-robin tournament on Tuesday to give them three wins out of three.

Guinea were unable to send a full-strength squad as they had a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Tunisia last Saturday.

In their first two games, Sierra Leone had beaten Liberia 2-0 and Gambia 1-0.

Monaco's Mohamed Kallon got the first goal of the final match in the 28th minute when he converted a penalty after Belgium-based Paul Kpaka was felled in the area.

Cyprus-based Gibril Woobay added the second in the 67th minute when he cut into the box from the right wing and fired a low shot past Abdoulaye Soumah in the Guinea goal.

PEACE TROPY RESULTS
Guinea 3-2 Gambia
Sierra Leone 2-0 Liberia
Guinea 3-1 Liberia
Sierra Leone 1-0 Gambia
Liberia 0-1 Gambia (abandoned after 35 mins due to rain)
Sierra Leone 2-0 Guinea

Kallon told BBC Sport that he was happy with his team's performance in the tournament.

"I'm delighted that we've won the Peace Trophy but I'm happier with my team's impressive performance throughout the tournament and it shows that we have talent in Sierra Leone," he said.

Guinea, who like Liberia and Gambia, used an entirely home-based team in the tournament ended up second with six points from three matches.

Gambia grabbed third position while Liberia came fourth.

Liberia's final game was called off after 35 minutes with Gambia leading 1-0 because of heavy rain.

The match was not replayed because neither team could win the overall tournament.

The president of the SLFA, Nahim Khadi, said they organized the tournament to help consolidate the peace in Sierra Leone.

"I'm happy that the tournament has ended successfully," he told BBC Sport.

"We organized it to help the peace process in Sierra Leone grow and also help uniting countries in the West Africa region.

"The tournament will be an annual event and we'll invite more countries for the next edition."

"The tournament is also part of our preparation plans to build up a strong team for the qualifiers of the 2008 African Cup of Nations."




SEE ALSO
Group One round-up
05 Jun 05 |  African
2006 World Cup tables
09 Oct 04 |  African



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