June 23, 2021
By Sahr Morris Jnr
Chairman of Sierra Leone Premier League Board, Allieu Vandi Koroma, has confirmed that they will have to engage the country’s health authorities to have a rethink of their decision to allow sporting events to play behind closed doors.
A statement from NaCOVERC -the body in charge with the mandate to manage the coronavirus cases in the country- calls for all sporting events to play behind closed doors.
The decision forced the Premier League Board to resolve and postponed the ongoing Sierra Leone Premier League (SLPL) indefinitely, after meeting with club officials last Friday.
NaCOVERC in their release stated: “National Sports Authority designated-activities and competitions shall be held behind closed doors without spectators [and that] only footballers and officials with proof of vaccination will be allowed into the venue [s]”.
However, the Premier League Board chairman stated that football is nothing without attendance of fans, citing the unsustainable financial implications without the fans.
He said playing behind closed doors will be tantamount to being complicit in depriving football fans from watching the undoubtedly most popular sporting discipline in the country, as well as causing unbearable hardship on the participating clubs.
“We, however, intend to engage the health authorities through SLFA, NSA and the Ministry of Sports for a rethink of this decision, particularly following our country’s recent qualification for the 2022 African Cup of Nations in which about half of the National Team comprised of players plying their trade in the SLPL, ” the Board Chairman started.