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I am Muctaru Wurie from Freetown, Sierra Leone. I blog on a variety of subject from my homeland and most of my post feature well researched stories I do.

The Cost of Fear: A Night at Georgia’s Netherworld Haunted House

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Rapper TI was there the same day I visited

Rapper TI was there the same day I visited

One of the first things that surprises me about American society is Halloween. May be it’s because where I am from in West Africa, any image with an underworld or sorcery portrayal would be construed as witchcraft or the like. Anytime you see tomb-like paraphernalia, it’s either a witch doctor or a Juju man advertising their trades. And culturally, you know that’s not funny business. In most villages, you can get yourself into trouble for displaying Halloween-type images if you are not a witch doctor or Juju man.

This Saturday (19th October, 2013), I finally tried to explore one of the features of Halloween by visiting Netherworld haunted house in Norcross. I dug up the web before I left and discovered Netherworld was among the top haunted houses in the United States. My good mood after a smooth 33 minute drive to Georgia’s biggest haunted house was abruptly ended by the sight of very long queues. There were too many people, I even noticed a set of porta potties in the parking lot which I understood were placed there in case nature calls the many curious people and children some of whom a staff told me traveled all the way from Tennessee. The lines were so long, and there were more and more people coming. You could sense the excitements on the faces of people. On a chilly Saturday night, I asked myself: “Why am I here?” I called one of the staff and inquired how long will I be in line before I get to see the inside of the haunted house. He told me may be 45 minutes to an hour, even though I heard one woman saying someone waited for nearly two hours the previous week. “You have an option of paying $10 extra for a speed pass which will see you walk straight to the front of the line with little or no waiting.” I had to opt for the speed pass in addition to the $30 entrance fee and another $10 for parking. My haunted house desire had already cost me $50. At one point, I thought I was on the outside of those huge stadiums that host soccer matches in Africa, you do not always find yourself around huge crowds in Georgia.

Meanwhile, I soon realize that even my speed pass wasn’t so quick as touted, waiting on the speed pass lane, I observed some groups of adults who were about to enter bellowing in excitements like a group of teenage kids who just got an autograph from Justin Bieber. There were few kids too, in my mind I was thinking this wasn’t the ideal place to bring children, plus it was Saturday night too. The workers were overburdened, there were just too many people outside, many of them annoyed having to wait that long. The more the lines got closer to the entrance, the more smiles you see on the faces of those people close to the entrance. There was more excitement when rapper, TI dropped by the Netherworld haunted house, his arrival with his children and family members saw some people leaving their lines just to take a peep. Even the excitement to go see this artificial horror show could not dampen the celebrity madness of some of these folks. It turns out celebs do not walk the same lines as the masses, TI and his entourage were quickly herded in by personnel into the haunted houses. A guy at the back, shouted: “I wish I was a celeb, I am just tired of waiting and waiting.” I have seen people abandoned their shopping carts at Walmart when the queues stayed longer and the self-checkout machines occupied, from my own observation on Saturday night, no one left. It was clear they hated waiting in line, but they patiently waited anyway. Perhaps it was because some had driven from afar, may be it’s just the Halloween fever hitting them.

No wonder the National Retail Federation (NRF) projects that Americans are expected to spend $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes for adults, children and pets this year.

When my time finally came, I was excited to go see what was so special about visiting an haunted house that people will be so eager to put up with a long wait. Walking in, the first thing I heard was the peculiar audio, it didn’t sound scary, but one lady clearly differed. Without seeing anything scary yet-she started shouting: “Oh my God! Oh my God! I don’t think I can handle this, the sound alone freak the hell outta me.” One of the staff members chaperoning excited customers in said: “Once again, remember there are exits at various point. You can walk out at any time if you get scared.”

Upon entering the Dead Ones section, I was astounded at the massive display of splendor; I thought I was actually witnessing a making-the-video of a big budget horror movie. There was everything present that you could see in bestial horror movie. Simply put, this was a show -– there were myriad of what looked like ghastly version of what you normally see on western horror movies. From what looked like rendition of the dead, scantily dressed skeletal figures, a monster looking giant with a long axe. There was the ugly, as well as portrayal of spooky beauty, what looked like beautiful princess character in a fairy tale story walked close to me with a scythe in hand, blood oozing out of her mouth and uttering a creepy cry that suggested she wants to drink some blood.

I was not fazed, there were loud outburst of people yelling and screaming. The screaming was mostly from the female customers. As we moved to the middle of the Dead Ones section, the screaming got louder, bloodied head were popping out along the aisle. A ghostly figure in a coffin randomly raised up their body and lie down again uttering gibberish remarks. In that short walk, I heard: “Oh my God!” like a million times. The screaming from customers became so loud that at one point, it was hard differentiating the voice of the show characters and those of screaming customers. Almost at the end of the Dead Ones section, there was this huge thumping sound that grew so loud and repetitious that it reminded me of the beating of the bhatta (drum) in Africa.

I was staring at this dwarfish figure with amputated legs seemingly oozing blood, when I felt a hand around my waist tightly gripping me and screaming. At first I thought it was a kid or some teenager only for the lighting to illuminate on his appearance, revealing a scary grown-up face. He got up quickly and said sorry to me. I was in a weird surrounding, but I candidly thought that man gripping my waist with his hands almost touching my private part was bizarre.

Up next was the Boogeyman area. I must confess I was getting bored at this point. The thing that surprises me more was the human reaction, not the show on display. The only thing that made me really comfortable was the hot temperature inside because initially when I arrived it was very chilly outside, and getting the heat warming up my body inside was a calm relief. The Boogeyman area was different from the Dead Ones -– there were huge dragon-like creatures and monster characters, bloodcurdling laughs, faces changing, appearing and disappearing into the masterfully  created theater with lighting effect. The sound here was much more forceful and crispy, the crowd which was somehow diminished was moving slowly until there was what looked like a giant saw blade that cut an actor in half then shoot out into the path and make its way toward the crowd. There were loud screams and some couples were holding on to each other, and others ran helter-skelter. I wondered why I never got scared. It’s probably because I was having fun watching how others reacted.

There was this image that captured my attention, a character seemingly attired in an African costume, drenched in blood stood straight squeaking and winking his eyes. Surprised, I stood there and observe his performance. I kept on going along the dark walkway attraction that was filled with more petrifying live actors, amazing special effects and monsters of every imaginable description.

I left the Boogeyman section feeling a sense of satisfaction, not because of the massive art on display but because I was able to see something new to me: people willing to pay money to satisfy their desire to be frightened and them acting up with fear that sometimes look more artificial than the show characters themselves.

Outside, heading for my car, I managed to catch a conversation with this guy who told me: “I love horror films and I love coming here every year around Halloween. The feeling I get here is so amazing. I will likely be here again before Halloween.”

May be the whole thing about Halloween is the entertaining side of it. Notwithstanding the impressive acoustic inside the Netherworld haunted house, the human screams are the one that I remember most.  There are cultural festivals in Africa that will startle Americans, too. One of the things I often heard as a kid growing up in West Africa was the saying: “When you go distance places, you will see strange things.”

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November 5, 2013 at 12:16 am

African Sports’ Search For Quality And Sponsorship

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The passion for sports in Africa is undoubtedly enormous, from Cairo to Cape Town and from Freetown to Mombasa there is an unwavering love for a variety of sports ranging from football to athletics. However, this massive public support and love for sports in Africa have not been translated into massive commercial sponsorship for the continent’s most loved sporting disciplines. There is a dearth of corporate sponsorship of sports in Africa, and the situation is so serious that even the continent’s most loved sports of football has not been spared. Many football leagues across the continent have faced standstill or serious delays and disruptions to the league because of lack of funds.

One of the greatest concerns to African sports organizers, football associations and other bodies is how and from whom to secure financial and material assistance. According to Gbenegbara Amos Deemua, a Nigerian PE Scholar, in Nigeria, despite the presence of big companies the Nigerian government and indeed many other countries in Africa have for a long time remained the sole sponsor of competitive sports. In other poor countries such as Sierra Leone wherein the government lack enough resources, sports organisers are forced to rely on very slim hand-outs from companies. For instance the Sierra Leone Premier league was delayed for six months this (2010-2011) season as a result of lack of sponsors, at the end two companies came in and gave some money which was far below the projected cash the Premier League Board needed, Sierra Leonean FA officials privately told journalists that they accepted the money because they had no other option but in reality the sum given to them was very embarrassing for a whole top division league.

A few years back, Ugandan boxers used to share gum shields, eat sugarcane as refreshments and train on empty stomachs. It was almost the same story in club football, athletics and all other minor sports in Uganda, the reason for this was because there was not sponsorships or enough of it.

The story across the continent paints a very ugly picture at the lack of sponsorship or enough of it, but analysts are portraying a very favourable picture of the future prospects of sports in the continent. They believe businesses are seeing new potential as the number of satellite viewers in the continent grow and the increase of internet users is viewed as many as a strong lure for businesses that hopes to capture the imagination of the public. There is a threat though, and it comes from the professional leagues of Europe, many in the continent are turning for pleasure to Europe and even now as I write this story – African companies are sponsoring television programmes that broadcast European leagues just to target the African public and millions of Africans are flocking to video centres every weekends to watch the English Premier leagues and Spanish La Liga. Some say this is the reason some African companies are not eager enough to pour cash in the country league.

Renowned British sports business consultant, Mr Graham Hollins, says Africa needs the support of business and trained professionals in various areas of sports business to change the face of sports on the continent and also tap into the huge resources and opportunities available for exploitation.

Sports, especially competitive sports require huge amount of money for its organization especially in the sphere of purchase and maintenance of sports facilities and equipment. The good news is companies like Castle Lager, MTN, Glo and SAB Ltd are getting to terms with the reality of pouring cash in sports tournaments in Africa. In a deal facilitated by MEGAPRO, it was announced on recently that Castle

Lager will sponsor the newly renamed Castle Tri-Nations Rugby series, all test

series in South Africa and the overseas tours by the Springboks making Castle the largest sponsors of sports in South Africa which has the best sponsored sporting franchise in Africa.

In Nigeria companies like Coca-cola, Nigerian Breweries, Guinness, Mobil etc have contributed to the improvement of sports preparations recently and studies show that sponsorships are on the rise. Other corporate bodies and business institutions like Globacom, Shell, Nestle, Milo and Africell are also increasing their sponsorship budget of competitive sports across Africa.

While Castle Lager’s presence has been largely felt in the Southern part of the continent where it has it’s largest market, MTN has succeeded in having their presence felt in almost all part of sub-saharan Africa. MTN has been CAF leading sponsor in all major CAF tournaments including the Champions League and Confederations cup, MTN are also sponsoring other sporting disciplines, MTN started sponsoring basketball in 2004 in East Africa, in Uganda MTN is the main sponsor  of the national basketball league that have about 12 teams (eight men) and four (women).

However, it has to be noted that despite the rise in sponsorship, football has been the main receiver of funds and many other disciplines including athletics have been receiving less. This is perhaps because most Africans are mainly interested in football and sponsors are definitely looking for areas of massive public interest.

Magnus Rex Danquah, President of Ethel-Jane University, noted “Sports business is an emerging industry with a strong financial base and if we do it well there will be integrated business for professionals in various fields. There is a lot more business in sports than we can imagine,” he said. Most experts and sports organisers African Sports Magazine contacted expressed their belief that despite the good work being done by many such as Castle Lager and MTN across Africa, more needs to be done by other profitable companies such as mining companies and mobile telecoms.

Africa surely needs sponsorship to enhance the level of its various sporting disciplines and attract quality and huge public interest. Surely, more needs to be done on the part of sports bodies and organisers to wipe out corruption and make competitions much more organise and efficient to attract corporate sponsors.

Written by Muctaru Wurie

June 19, 2012 at 4:57 am

Travelogue: From Freetown to Dar es Salaam

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The centre of Dar es Salaam

The journey to witness the Airtel Rising Star / Manchester United football clinic in Tanzania was long; it took us almost twelve hours in a flight that saw us stopping over in Accra and Nairobi, but it was one that I truly enjoyed. Even though we kept waiting for almost two hours at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi to get a flight to our final destination; I savoured every moment of it as I kept surveying the striking savannah landscape that contrast with my mountainous and usually forested backdrop in Freetown.

This trip to East Africa was always set to be an interesting and insightful one, on crossing the Freetown River on our speedboat we bumped into one of Sierra Leone most famous guest of recent years, Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal who was visiting Freetown for the first time. In her company was her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Princess Royal, who is the second child and only daughter of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit means so much to Sierra Leonean. The visit showed that our country has moved forward and such visit is an indication of the progress we have made in attaining peace and post war development. As both boats crossed path, Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal and her husband waved to us with smiles.

We reached Ghana around 20:00 GMT, and although and there’s no doubt that Ghana is a country moving forward. Even from the skies you can see that the gold coast had come a long way and a Ghanaian who joined us on his way to Australia gave me an indication of why Ghana has been soliciting the attention of many across Africa and beyond. Democracy, he told me his country is on a march towards people’s power since after years of dictatorship and military rule, “We are clearly moving forward and I have a strong belief that in five years time we will overtake Botswana as the emblem of democracy in Africa.” I agree, Ghana have decriminalised libel, there’s a freedom of information act, opposition knows that they can get to power if it’s the people’s will, a free and open society, et al, above all else this has brought stability and growth in a country once ranked as one of the least developed in the continent.

The flight to Nairobi was the longest of the journeys but yet still I could hardly sleep and upon reaching the Jomo Kenyatta Airport. Kenya is a country that impresses me too, take a look at Kenya Airways, it’s an example of an African business working, they have some shortcomings but overall they impress me and the scale of their operations  across Africa is unimaginable and they are undoubtedly an African success story. Kenya is a country that cannot boast of the many resources that has been a curse to countries like mine – but notwithstanding this they are functioning and the country just bewitch you. It pains me that Al-Shabab want to create problems to the hub of East Africa, I hope they do not succeed because that will have unforeseen consequences. The immediate eye catcher are the duty free stores, but when the exterior became conspicuous – the landscape gives you a fine view of Nairobi.

My biggest disappointment on this trip came when the pilot on flight KQ 481 heading for Dar es Salaam showed us Mount Kilimanjaro, the view is one of the best natural scene I had ever seen, the camera wasn’t with me and I failed to capture a view that was so fascinating. Now I am in Tanzania and like the others it’s a country that impresses me to. I’ll be here for the coming days so expect more from my travelogue diary, stay tuned.

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October 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Lovely Kenema, Sierra Leone Eastern Hub

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I am currently in the bustling eastern town of Kenema, Sierra Leone and fortunately for me though I was on a different mission – my visit coincided with the arrival in town of SLPP presidential aspirant Julius Maada Bio in Kenema a day after he was reportedly injured in Bo as a result of political violence. Elections 2012 promises to be an interesting elections but I hate it when anything turns to violence in our country. We have gone through many things and I do not think we can stomach more negative news for this country. The people of Kenema, Bo, Makeni, Kambia, Kono et al are all lovely folks. We really do not need to turn to violence to express our political stance, remember this is the land that we all love.

A guest house in Kenema

Kenema Hangha Road from Capitol Hotel view

Kenema Hangha Road from Capitol Hotel view

Local residents of Kenema go about their business whilst others go to rally

Local residents of Kenema go about their business whilst others go to rally

Kenema motor park

Kenema motor park

Sierra Leone Maada Bio Faces Huge Challenge

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Sierra Leone is a country that has gone through many dramatic events in the past two decades and this past Sunday another modest drama unfolded at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown – this drama was much more controlled and played out well according to plan. The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), which is now the principal opposition party voted former Junta leader Brigadier-General Julius Maada Bio as its candidate for next year’s presidential elections. Bio who scored 238 votes as against Usman Boie Kamara’s 186 votes has a huge challenge in hand. Firstly, he has to come clear about his image – as leader in the notorious National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) military regime which ruled Sierra Leone from April 1991-1996, he has many questions to answer. His past will come under more scrutiny than at any other time since he handed power back to civilians in 1996. Bio overthrew fellow coup plotter Captain Valentine Strasser as head of Sierra Leone military government in January 1996 and went on to rule before handing power to Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. The regime that he was part of detained, tortured and summarily executed Sierra Leonean nationals at a time the RUF rebellion was raging in the countryside, but Bio has a place to lean – he has consistently stated he never ordered the execution or arrest of anybody and was not happy with some of these things that happened. And thankfully for him, the much heralded Truth Commission for Sierra Leone never named him in any abuse cited during his tenure. One thing that is sure is that he remains a popular figure in the SLPP strongholds of Sierra Leone and can count on their support and much more importantly for those in the south that believed the vote for Charles Margai was a NO vote against Solomon Berewa in the last general elections. There is a belief that Bio will likely reclaim what has come to be known as the SLPP’s lost vote in the south of the country. There were nineteen persons vying to lead the SLPP, but it was clear that Bio was far ahead of them because he simply won the hearts and minds of the strong SLPP caucus. They moved his campaign and without spending much money compared to the likes of Usu Boie, he simply won the vote. Staking himself apart from former SLPP flag bearer, Solomon Berewa, Bio knows that unlike his predecessor he has legitimacy and he can proudly unite his party: “I implore all of you to work closely with me so that we can achieve our goals together,” Bio said after his clear victory was confirmed by the party. This will surely be the strength of Bio, he can count on a united party this time round. However, it is surely not going to be easy for the ex serviceman, since 2007, President Ernest Bai Koroma has embarked on road and energy development and put together large-scale mineral deals, but it has not been rosy, Sierra Leone still face huge challenges of poverty and unemployment and like most global economy there has been a considerable rise in basic commodities and food price. The problem in Sierra Leone is that income is still very low and rise in prices have not matched others in the sub region. That said, Ernest Koroma is a very popular figure in Freetown and the North and many of his supporters believe that he needs to be given time to bring more development to the country. Will Maada Bio give him that chance, elections 2012 is just round the corner and Sierra Leoneans will once more decide.

African Sports’ Search For Quality And Sponsorship

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The passion for sports in Africa is undoubtedly enormous, from Cairo to Cape Town and from Freetown to Mombasa there is an unwavering love for a variety of sports ranging from football to athletics. However, this massive public support and love for sports in Africa have not been translated into massive commercial sponsorship for the continent’s most loved sporting disciplines. There is a dearth of corporate sponsorship of sports in Africa, and the situation is so serious that even the continent’s most loved sports of football has not been spared. Many football leagues across the continent have faced standstill or serious delays and disruptions to the league because of lack of funds.

One of the greatest concerns to African sports organizers, football associations and other bodies is how and from whom to secure financial and material assistance. According to Gbenegbara Amos Deemua, a Nigerian PE Scholar, in Nigeria, despite the presence of big companies the Nigerian government and indeed many other countries in Africa have for a long time remained the sole sponsor of competitive sports. In other poor countries such as Sierra Leone wherein the government lack enough resources, sports organisers are forced to rely on very slim hand-outs from companies. For instance the Sierra Leone Premier league was delayed for six months this (2010-2011) season as a result of lack of sponsors, at the end two companies came in and gave some money which was far below the projected cash the Premier League Board needed, Sierra Leonean FA officials privately told journalists that they accepted the money because they had no other option but in reality the sum given to them was very embarrassing for a whole top division league.

A few years back, Ugandan boxers used to share gum shields, eat sugarcane as refreshments and train on empty stomachs. It was almost the same story in club football, athletics and all other minor sports in Uganda, the reason for this was because there was not sponsorships or enough of it.

The story across the continent paints a very ugly picture at the lack of sponsorship or enough of it, but analysts are portraying a very favourable picture of the future prospects of sports in the continent. They believe businesses are seeing new potential as the number of satellite viewers in the continent grow and the increase of internet users is viewed as many as a strong lure for businesses that hopes to capture the imagination of the public. There is a threat though, and it comes from the professional leagues of Europe, many in the continent are turning for pleasure to Europe and even now as I write this story – African companies are sponsoring television programmes that broadcast European leagues just to target the African public and millions of Africans are flocking to video centres every weekends to watch the English Premier leagues and Spanish La Liga. Some say this is the reason some African companies are not eager enough to pour cash in the country league.

Renowned British sports business consultant, Mr Graham Hollins, says Africa needs the support of business and trained professionals in various areas of sports business to change the face of sports on the continent and also tap into the huge resources and opportunities available for exploitation.

Sports, especially competitive sports require huge amount of money for its organization especially in the sphere of purchase and maintenance of sports facilities and equipment. The good news is companies like Castle Lager, MTN, Glo and SAB Ltd are getting to terms with the reality of pouring cash in sports tournaments in Africa. In a deal facilitated by MEGAPRO, it was announced on recently that Castle

Lager will sponsor the newly renamed Castle Tri-Nations Rugby series, all test

series in South Africa and the overseas tours by the Springboks making Castle the largest sponsors of sports in South Africa which has the best sponsored sporting franchise in Africa.

In Nigeria companies like Coca-cola, Nigerian Breweries, Guinness, Mobil etc have contributed to the improvement of sports preparations recently and studies show that sponsorships are on the rise. Other corporate bodies and business institutions like Globacom, Shell, Nestle, Milo and Africell are also increasing their sponsorship budget of competitive sports across Africa.

While Castle Lager’s presence has been largely felt in the Southern part of the continent where it has it’s largest market, MTN has succeeded in having their presence felt in almost all part of sub-saharan Africa. MTN has been CAF leading sponsor in all major CAF tournaments including the Champions League and Confederations cup, MTN are also sponsoring other sporting disciplines, MTN started sponsoring basketball in 2004 in East Africa, in Uganda MTN is the main sponsor  of the national basketball league that have about 12 teams (eight men) and four (women).

However, it has to be noted that despite the rise in sponsorship, football has been the main receiver of funds and many other disciplines including athletics have been receiving less. This is perhaps because most Africans are mainly interested in football and sponsors are definitely looking for areas of massive public interest.

Magnus Rex Danquah, President of Ethel-Jane University, noted “Sports business is an emerging industry with a strong financial base and if we do it well there will be integrated business for professionals in various fields. There is a lot more business in sports than we can imagine,” he said. Most experts and sports organisers African Sports Magazine contacted expressed their belief that despite the good work being done by many such as Castle Lager and MTN across Africa, more needs to be done by other profitable companies such as mining companies and mobile telecoms.

Africa surely needs sponsorship to enhance the level of its various sporting disciplines and attract quality and huge public interest. Surely, more needs to be done on the part of sports bodies and organisers to wipe out corruption and make competitions much more organise and efficient to attract corporate sponsors.

Sierra Leone Premier League Kicks Off After Long Delay

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Local football fans turn out at the launch of the 2011 Sierra Leone Premier League

Local football fans turn out at the launch of the 2011 Sierra Leone Premier League

After a delay of about six months, the Sierra Leone Premier League finally kicks off tonight (26 February, 2011) at the National Stadium in Freetown after a much protracted delay. The nation’s premier football league has been postponed several times and because of the delay, the league will be played on a one match basis. Teams will not play on a home and away basis and instead they will only play on a one leg basis, according to John Konteh of the Premier League board the one-leg basis was chosen because the league wanted to enable Sierra Leone to present teams in time to take part in CAF continental tournaments.
The league which is co-sponsored by leading mobile company Africell will once more put to test the progress Sierra Leone football has made in recent times. In earnest, football in Sierra Leone is still struggling and the main reason for the delay was due to lack of sponsors. An executive of one of the leading company that turned down an approach for sponsorship told me her company refused because they do not trust the efficiency of the board and the Sierra Leone FA, the source who chose to be anonymous because she has friendly ties members of the Premier League Board (PLB) and the FA noted that as long as Sierra Leone football fails to portray a genuine corporate and corrupt free image they will always struggle to get a good sponsorship deal. In launching the league, new minister of sports Paul Kamara insinuated this concern and said they are working to give the nation’s football a facelift and bring back those glory days when football was not only a revered sport across the country but also when football was run by reputable people. New PLB head, Rodney Michael in his opening speech today pledged to do exactly that and promised that they will surely try to give credence and success to Sierra Leone football. That will surely be a tough bet that all of us will be looking towards.
In the league opening fixture, Ports Authority takes on Mighty Blackpool and the match had a frantic opening as both sides tried to take advantage early on. Halfway into the first half Blackpool keeper made a huge misjudgement when he elbowed Port’s Muhahid Sesay inside the box, the referee wasted no time and pointed for the spot kick, Blackpool goalie Banjou was lucky to escape a possible red with the referee choosing to give a yellow card instead. Port’s however took the lead after Donald Wellington stepped up and coolly sent the keeper the wrong way. Port supporters celebrated the first goal in the 2011 Premier League season.
Mighty Blackpool star Lamin Suma gave his team a glimmer of hope after he levelled the score with a spectacular forty yard strike that rifled into the net giving the Port’s goalie no chance. Ports Authority, the team who had dominated this match surely got the advantage after Mighty Blackpool’s Baimba Kamara was sent off. In the 80th minute Muhahid Sesay took advantage of a defensive blunder in the Blackpool defence and bailed the ball over the advancing goalie. It was the final goal of the match, but Port’s known here as the Water Front Boys surely deserved this victory and they will look on to build on this for the rest of the season.