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The Incredible Athletes of Sierra Leone’s Amputee Soccer Club

October 25, 2019

(whistle) – Football is the most
popular sport in Sierra Leone. And in the city of Freetown,
there is one very special team. Meet the Flying Stars. Mohamed grew up playing football. But when he was only 10 years
old he stepped on a landmine and had to have his right leg amputated. And unfortunately, Mohamed isn’t alone. Every member of the Flying
Stars has lost limbs as a result of the violence that occurred during the Civil War in Sierra Leone. But the players don’t let their injuries stop them from getting into the game. Not only is it a competitive sport, it is helping them cope
with their injuries and overcome the stigma that’s associated with the disabled. And what better way than football.

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  • Reply Hoover Dam August 15, 2017 at 6:00 am


  • Reply Sergio Waheed August 15, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Nice video

  • Reply Hoover Dam August 15, 2017 at 6:01 am


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    First I really don't care ?

  • Reply Negev August 15, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Not first

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    Not first

  • Reply Togino a August 15, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Such an uplifting story as always thank you Great Big Story

  • Reply hemang arora August 15, 2017 at 6:04 am

    this is really awesome

  • Reply Bl Chitu August 15, 2017 at 6:06 am


  • Reply Josh August 15, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Jesus loves you

  • Reply Amit das August 15, 2017 at 6:09 am

    They should promote the sport more like blind cricket and organize world championship

  • Reply Anugrah Yadav August 15, 2017 at 6:10 am

    These peoples have great ability despite of some loss and the big story channel is very inspiring one that uplift these stories of remote areas ………. I love the FC Of this video More than RealMadrid FC or FC Barcelona…..Be like a champion

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    So high quality this needs more views

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    One word … "Amazing"!

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    This is so sweet. I haven't seen GBS in a while, but now I remember why I subbed.

  • Reply Manuel Arturo Gomez Morales August 15, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Offensive, unsubed.

  • Reply KFC Manager August 15, 2017 at 6:20 am


  • Reply Dark Flame Master August 15, 2017 at 6:23 am

    We need to thank what we had

  • Reply faddy esh August 15, 2017 at 6:27 am

    big respect for them for choosing to become footballers over beggars 🙂

  • Reply Skender Duncan August 15, 2017 at 6:27 am

    R.I.P. all people who died in the mudstream in this town yesterday ❤️

  • Reply No Name August 15, 2017 at 6:29 am

    They play better than me

  • Reply gregistopal August 15, 2017 at 6:31 am

    This channel needs more subscribers

  • Reply Please, stop calling me Doctor. I'm a the rapist. August 15, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Hopefully the floods put them out of their misery

  • Reply D e e n e l l a August 15, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I hope the mudslide doesn't hurt them

  • Reply D e e n e l l a August 15, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Im happy i understand krio

  • Reply A Giraffe August 15, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Do they listen to music while practicing? Perhaps Hip Hop?

  • Reply Error loading information August 15, 2017 at 6:51 am

    okay I'm going to hell but real life Foosball ?

  • Reply MelvinGamer YT August 15, 2017 at 6:54 am

    So inspirational ??

  • Reply Jonah Bodnovits August 15, 2017 at 6:59 am

    I find it kind of ironic that the guy playing goalie, the only person that can use their hands, is the guy with only one arm.

  • Reply Farhan August 15, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I have two legs and I still take my car to go to the supermarket,which is three blocks away from my house.
    Coz I'm too lazy to walk.

    And look at them. Hats off

  • Reply Andrew Crockett August 15, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Any chance you could include the script for these videos, or provide your own captioning? They would be amazing for classroom purposes, especially for us ESL teachers.

  • Reply tyranado infernorino August 15, 2017 at 7:16 am

    man these guys are shooting stars

  • Reply Superior August 15, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Who tf disliked

  • Reply Milan Visekruna August 15, 2017 at 7:28 am

    What legends?!

  • Reply John Alden Richardson August 15, 2017 at 7:42 am

    great video, really helps put things in perspective

  • Reply Fire Man August 15, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Amazing how they overcame their weakness. Good on them!

  • Reply Jokio Hulia August 15, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I feel so inspired by this

  • Reply Abram Porras August 15, 2017 at 8:21 am

    my right leg is cut off below the knee mid calf and I Bitch about it .then I see something like this and stop my bitching because I have a fake leg and people can't even tell I am amputee when i am in sweats or pants. RESPECT

  • Reply Akanome August 15, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I heard this town was attacked by floods and mudslide yesterday, and it has so many victims there… Hope this people and all the townspeople safe out there…

  • Reply HYEYOUNG KIM August 15, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I love Soccer

  • Reply detonationlurks August 15, 2017 at 8:33 am


  • Reply makenzie August 15, 2017 at 8:34 am

    honestly so inspiring

  • Reply RicRokkka August 15, 2017 at 8:46 am

    It's foot-ball

  • Reply hijau kertas August 15, 2017 at 9:14 am

    well play chelsea..u can win african cup now.

  • Reply Faisal Tago August 15, 2017 at 9:46 am


  • Reply Ahmed Monta August 15, 2017 at 9:59 am

    The goal keeper couldn't catch the ball as he didnt have a left arm

  • Reply Rose Gold August 15, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I can just imagine how strong these men are! I am so happy that they have an outlet despite their disability..
    Some of u people commenting are missing a few brain cells

  • Reply CRAWL August 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Foot ball
    Not feet ball

  • Reply Karma August 15, 2017 at 11:50 am

    football is the most popular sport in the world.

    and ffs americans its called Football becouse you use your fucking feet.
    american football is just some weird form of rugby.

  • Reply djrezzio August 15, 2017 at 12:10 pm


  • Reply Suny Side August 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Now that's inspirational.

  • Reply A1or August 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Even these guys could destroy my ankles

  • Reply Enzo Gorlami August 15, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I sing like an amputee: Can't hold a note, can't carry a tune..

  • Reply Hawk Guy August 15, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    You guys are seriously one of the best channels on here. Love the content and stories you guys show.

  • Reply Meow August 15, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    am i deaf?

  • Reply Jangkhogin Lhouvum August 15, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    huge respect to these people

  • Reply Gooberus Goober August 15, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I'm glad that they could overcome such a horrible thing happening to them ?

  • Reply Sepppuku August 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Put sum maffakking respecc on it !

  • Reply JackstandJohnny August 15, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    These guys are my fucking heroes.

  • Reply Sagarmoy Jana August 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    This video gave me a really really great feel of peace. Loved it

  • Reply Grandpa Minion August 15, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Ha there lucked they only have to buy one pair of shoe

  • Reply s o f a August 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    This is so awesome! These dudes sure are tough.??

  • Reply MissConcupiscible August 15, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Damn I hope these guy are okay. Thought are with the people of Sierra Leone

  • Reply Hoover Dam August 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm


  • Reply Sean Keuroghlian-Eaton August 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    not only is this cool ,but no doubt it greatly increases their coordination with having to deal with an amputated limb

  • Reply Christian Savage August 15, 2017 at 11:45 pm


  • Reply Kappa Rattler Kappa Rattler August 16, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Using football for good, not for money driven clubs who pay over 200 million dollars for a player, this is how it was meant to be

  • Reply lisa kyo August 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I didn't mean to offended anyone but what they do on the spare shoes?

  • Reply Henk X August 16, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    please choose another font for the subtitles, this is horrible. Also please add a small drop shadow behind the text, as I can't read it.

  • Reply Dmitriy Kovalchuk August 16, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    If anyone dislikes this video you guys don't have a heart

  • Reply Andy Roo August 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Why do people dislike these things 🙁

  • Reply Martin Tabanag August 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    this is amazing story. i wish more people support this. i am an aspiring filmmaker and i would love to help them someday

  • Reply SoundSelector August 17, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    why not get 3d printed prosthetics?

  • Reply Bucksfan15 August 18, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Good for them

  • Reply Rose Wall August 18, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Anyone else wondering what language(s) these guys are speaking? It clearly sounds like English at some points, but it seems like they're constantly flowing from one language into another…

  • Reply Akhil Muraleedharan August 23, 2017 at 6:26 am

    football at it's best."NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE " is what they teach us.

  • Reply Abibatu Mansaray October 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    My family from there??

  • Reply Mitchell Gray March 11, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Makes me greatful

  • Reply Denis Muratovic March 14, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Sad and amazing. Much love to Sierra Leone from Bosnia

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