National Stadium to host Leone Stars/Sihlangu match


By Sahr Morris Jnr.

Deputy Minister of Sports, Ishmael Al-Sankoh Conteh, has confirmed that the National Stadium in Freetown will host the senior national team, Leone Stars’ return leg clash against the Sihlangu of Swaziland in the second round qualifiers of the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

The deputy minister’s confirmation counteracts the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)’s director of competition, Sorie Ibrahim Sesay’s statement that the match will be played at the newly built Bo mini-stadium.

According to Sesay, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday endorsed the proposed Bo City Stadium for the return leg match, which is on May 31.

“We will therefore want the general public to know that the accepted venue by CAF is unchangeable as per the competition rules and regulations,” Sesay stated in one of the social media networks.

But within seven minutes of Sesay’s post, the deputy sports minister responded: “The Sierra Leone versus Swaziland match will be played at the National Stadium in Freetown. Any other information on the contrary must be dismissed].”

“For junior matches they will be played at the Bo stadium but for Leone Stars matches, the ministry will not allow [such] games to be played at the Bo stadium, taking into consideration the seating capacity, toilet facilities. FIFA and CAF will not allow their games to be played in stadiums were thousands of people will be standing,” Al-Sankoh added.