With the government of Sierra Leone for the first time in the history of the country’s football dishing out Two Billion Leones (Two hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars) to the Premier League Board (PLB) for the commencement of the Sierra Leone Premier League, more than a thousand youths have been provided with jobs.
This was disclosed in an exclusive interview with the Acting President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Mr Brima Mazola Kamara shortly after the presentation of the Two Billion Leones cheaque by the Minister of Sports to the PLB Chairman.
“By empowering the PLB to kick-start the Premier League, the government has provided more than a thousand jobs for the youths of this country. This also fits into the agenda of thes New Direction, for which we thank His Excellency the President and his team for making life easier for its people,” Mr Kamara said.
Among the beneficiaries the Acting President of SLFA highlighted are 455 players from 13 premier league clubs, more than 100 Technical and medical staff, about a 150 match officials, more than 200 administrators, more than a 150 ticket sellers and gate keepers.
“With such employments, these youths would be able to take care of their respective families while there is a huge probability of having players that might make a move abroad,” he added.
The Sierra Leone Premier League will kick off on Sunday January 27 at the Siaka Stevens Stadium, Brookfields with Mighty Black Pool (The Tiss-Tass Boys) locking horns with their arch rivals; East End Lions (The Killers) in the 2019 opener.
Prior to the opener, the House of Representatives will take on the Cabinet Ministers in an entertaining encounter that is expected to feature the President, Vice President or the Chief Minister leading an experience Cabinet team while the Speaker of Parliament or his representative will lead the youthful and energetic House of Representatives team.
“This is to show how united we are to see football grow in our country and create a better playing environment for the many talents we have in the country,” a member of the House of Representatives said.
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