April 26, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr
Western Area Football Association (WAFA) has blamed the delay of payment of subvention by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) for the deferment of the Western Area Ladies Cup tournament.
The tournament was earlier scheduled to kick-start on April 21 at the Fourah Bay field with Mahmoud FC taking on Sierra Leone Police FC, but all matches have been put on hold.
According to the WAFA Secretary General, Kashor Holland-Cole, they were all set for the kick-off but they could not play without the said funds from the SLFA.
“The SLFA are the official sponsors of the tournament and are to provide us Le 69, 400,000 (Sixty-Nine Million, Four Hundred Thousand Leones) for the running of the tournament but we are still waiting on the F.A, send the money in our account,” Holland-Cole said.
Media officer of SLFA, Ibrahim Kamara admitted that WAFA was in charge of running the tournament and also noted that they were presently working on sorting the finances of the tournament latest next week.
He said: “It was signatory clarification issue on the part of WAFA that delayed the process, but like I said, everything is in place.”
However, Holland-Cole dismissed claimed that signatory clarification on their side is delaying the process. He said: “We have done everything from our side it is only left with the F.A. to just send the subsidy in our account.”
A new date or a tentative date for the league commencement is yet to be announced, but it is believed the tournament might go ahead any time in May.
Tem teams; Mahmoud FC, Sierra Leone Police FC, Victory FC, Amazon FC, RSLAF FC, Soccer Queens, Sierra Leone Prisons FC, Premier AC, Rural Queens and Red Eaglets FC within the Western Area are expected to participate in the tournament.