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FIFA Artificial Turf Expert to visit Sierra Leone

FIFA Artificial Turf Expert to visit Sierra Leone

The global football governing body FIFA is following through with the decision to help alleviate the question of bad pitch at the main bowl of the National Stadium by sending an artificial turf specialist.

Dr. STEPHEN BAKER Head of Soil and Sports Surface Sciences will arrive in Freetown on the 27th September and leave on the 2nd of October for Phase 1 of the implementation of the artificial turf project for the National Stadium.

Dr. Baker, charted the construction and layout of pitches for the FIFA 2010 world Cup, therefore his resume points to the fact that he has depth of Knowledge on the challenges and best practices for pitch development and management in Africa.

He together with Dr. Christian Spring from the Department of Soils and Sports Surface Science developed the STRI Trueness Meter equipment used to determine the vertical and lateral movements of a golf ball across the putting surface. The meter is also capable of detecting very minor changes in the surface smoothness and trueness.

His four day visit will include courtesy call to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Paul M. Kamara and a sight-seeing and assessment of the pitch at National Stadium in Freetown.

It could be recalled that a delegation from FIFA visited Sierra Leone recently on a needs assessment tour to ascertain possible areas of intervention and the pitch at the National was amongst the priority areas along with the Football Academy.

Also earlier this month in a press briefing, Isha Johansen President SLFA, intimated the media, that FIFA will be providing funds for the refurbishment of the football academy and secretariat, and funds for the fourth FIFA goal project in 2014 for the construction of another state of the art artificial turf or any project the executive deems fit for the development of the game.

Sierra Leone Football Association

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