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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.