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An Interview with Sulaiman Bah and Abdul Fatta Koroma

Caylin Zimmerman and Julia Fay

Sully and Fatta came to the U.S. through a soccer academy called the Craig Bellamy Foundation in Sierra Leone. is academy is for underprivileged boys and girls. It hopes to create a brighter future for the athletes through the sport. ousands of kids go to tryouts held by the academy in di erent places in Sierra Leone. Only about 15-25 kids are able to continue into the academy, at which point a few kids are selected based on their academic and athletic skills to get schooled in the U.S.. Here are a few questions we asked Sully and Fatta about their transition and new country of residence.

What are the main differences between Africa and America?

Sully: The food system, it is very different. The weather in Africa is very hot, so that is different too.

How are you liking America so far?

Fatta: It’s good. The most interesting thing is the people; every- body from America is so nice.
Sully: It’s good so far. School is fun, and American football is very fun.

What is your favorite American food?

Sully & Fatta: Burritos.
What places would you like to visit in the future?

Sully & Fatta: France and England.

What was life like growing up in Africa?

Fatta: It was difficult as a soccer player because we had to wake up very early to go to training. Also school was very far away. I had to walk two miles to get there.

How did your soccer academy work?

Fatta: Seven thousand soccer players originally came to the tryouts in order to get into the school. Sully and I were two of the 16 that were chosen.
Everyday we would wake up very early and go to two-hour morning training sessions. Then we would go to school, and after that, we would go back to training. Once that was over, we had a few hours to study.

How are the people here different than in Africa?

Sully: The people here are more friendly than in Africa, but it is harder to adapt to the people here.

Describe your favorite African food.

Sully & Fatta: Cassava sauce with rice.

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About the Writers
Caylin Zimmerman, Co-Feature Editor, Co-Photo Editor

Caylin is a Junior at Laguna Blanca School and is a returning member of the Fourth Estate staff. She writes Feature stories and is the Co-Feature editor. She enjoys dogs and volunteering and plays volleyball, both indoor and beach.

Julia Fay, Feature Editor

Julia Fay is a senior and a returning member of the Fourth Estate Staff. Julia has been at Laguna Blanca for five years now and enjoys playing volleyball, working with Direct Relief, going to the beach, and film making.

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