Football kick starts in Sierra Leone over a year
For the first time over a year thousands of Sierra Leonean gathered together at the Siaka Stevens Stadium to watch local teams in actions after the ban on all football activities are now is lifted by both President Ernest Bai Koroma and the Sierra Leone Football Association as the custodian of football in the country. (Photo: FC Kallon FC)
It was a real football festival were we saw people from all walks of life doctors, lawyers, civil servants, students, men, women, youths, and the aged, came to the National Stadium in the early of the day so early as midday for a football festival to commence at 3:00PM on Friday 21st August .
28 teams have been battling it out for the President Ernest Bai Koroma Kick Ebola Trophy which is organized by the general membership of the Sierra Leone Football Association This will now provide us with an opportunity to carry out football related activities in the country which is the primary function of the FA,” the head of SLFA competitions, Sorie Ibrahim Sesay told FootballSierraLeone.
“The SLFA will soon come out with a calendar of activities in playing local competitions to climax the 2015 calendar year,” Sesay added.
Whilst the domestic sport suspension has been lifted, Sierra Leone is still banned from hosting international matches by African football’s governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the World Health Organization (WHO)
Sorie Ibrahim Sesay Furthered that the lifting of this ban was the next target in helping the country’s football development as most of the key actors are youths adding that Sierra Leoneans Loved Football no matter at whatever categories.
According to the Head of the Organizing Committee Abubarkarr Kabbah said this tournament was organized to give Sierra Leonean what they have been missing over a year now due to the ban on all football related Issues as a result of the Ebola outbreak affecting the three MRU countries.
Sierra Leoneans are very passionate about football even from the turnout you can tell for yourself they have been missing it.
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Despite cash Prize has not been named but the clubs are willing to play for whatever amount plus the prestigious trophy which will be handed over to the eventual winner he noted.
This tournament is a knockout one were the winner of each match will progress to the next stage of the tournament, a total of seven matches per day is enough to bring all clubs together who will played 40 min per match 20 min per half.
Yesterday in the opening ceremony we saw AIK Freetong taking on Dallarosa in a match of two equals, both team displayed great football skills but were unable to get the ball at the back of the net.
With AIK dominating the entire second half it was still difficult for them to break the stubborn defense of the Naimbana boys at the end of the 40 min it was goalless which allow them to go into a post match penalties wherein only three men from each team are allow to take the kick as per the tournament regulations, it all ended AIK Freetong 2- Dallarosa 3.
The other fixture was Real Mack the Pharmacy Boys of Lumbly battling it out with Stationary Stars it also end goalless going on penalties Real Mack won by 3 goals to 2.
The other results were as followsHawk FC 0 – Blackhall Road Strikers 1 Regent Olympic 1- Mount Aureol SLIFA 2 (Penalties) Manchester City 0 – Brookfield’s United 1 Anti Drugs 0 – Ports Authority 1 Old Edwardians 0 – Mighty Blackpool 1
Thrilling encounters with derbies on SundayBelvic United VS Wellington SL Police Vs SL Prison ( Derby ) Kissy All Stars VS Vem (Pastor Bock ) Kissy Derby RSLAF VS FC Johansen Central Parade VS FC Kallon East End Lions VS Freetown City Football Club
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