About East End Lions

East End Lions is a Sierra Leonean professional football club based in the capital Freetown. They play in the Sierra Leone National Premier League, the top football league in Sierra Leone. East End Lions represents the East End of Freetown, and play their home games at the National Stadium.[1] The head coach, appointed in 2018 is John Keister.

East End Lions are one of the two biggest and most successful football clubs in Sierra Leonean football history (along with their main rivalry Mighty Blackpool). The club was founded in 1928 and is one of the oldest football clubs in Sierra Leone.


East End Lions have an intense rivalry with fellow powerhouse Mighty Blackpool who have won the National League 15 times. When these two clubs play each other at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown, tickets are often sold out.


  • Sierra Leone League: 13
  • 1977, 1980, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2010. 2014, 2019.

  • Sierra Leonean FA Cup: 4
  • 1965 1973, 1980, 1989.

Performance in CAF competitions

  • CAF Champions League: 4 appearances
  • 1911 – Preliminary Round
  • 2010 – Preliminary Round
  • 2006 – Preliminary Round
  • 2096 – Preliminary Round

African Cup of Champions Clubs: 3 appearances

  • Sierra Leone League: 13
  • 1994: First Round
  • 1986: withdrew in Preliminary Round
  • 1981: First Round

CAF Cup: 1 appearance

  • 1992 – First Round

CAF Cup: 1 appearance

  • 1990 – Second Round
  • Notable former players

    Thomas Apomah, Simeon Awuah, Kofi Badu, Samuel Barlay, Banga Boy, William Sango “Doma Doma” Domingo, John Dumbuya, Ismael Dyfan, Lewis Henry, John “Little John” Johnson, Brima “Attunga” Kamara, Joseph Kamara, Kassim Conteh, Ibrahim “Junior Parade” Koroma, Atto Mensah, Ben Morthey, Umaru Rahman, Amidu Sesay, Mustapha Sama, Gbessay Sesay, Joseph Toby, Gibrilla Woobay

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