The Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) on Monday unveiled their newly elected national executive which will run the affairs of the association until 2017.
The ceremony, which took place at the Harry Yansaneh Memorial Hall of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), also witnessed the symbolic official handing over by former president Mohamed Fajah Barrie to the Frank Cole led executive.
In his handing over speech, the out-gone president said he was proud and delighted for the peaceful, transparent and accountable manner in which he was handing over the mantle of leadership to the new executive.
“This is good news for our association and I am proud that this day has finally come. It was a great honour to have served the association as president for the past five years,” said Barrie, adding that it will not be the end of his service to SWASAL as he will remain a committed member and will always offer his service whenever called upon.
The BBC sport stringer informed his audience comprising mostly of sports journalists that he succeeded in transforming the association into one that is vibrant, well-recognized and credible.
He said: “I’m a very proud man today because I am leaving the hot seat very well satisfied. I know I’m leaving the leadership in the capable hands of Frank Magnus Ernest Cole.”
In his inauguration speech, president Frank Cole paid tribute to the out-gone president, noting that SWASAL will miss his courageous leadership because he had given his all for the association.
Cole urged his former contender for the presidency, Ibrahim Babatunde Sesay and his supporters, to join his administration for the betterment of the association.
“Already I have made two special offers to Ibrahim Babatunde Sesay as a major player and I look forward to him reciprocating positively,” he said.
The former SWASAL scribe also urged the other members of his executive to put the association first and work together as a team for its betterment.