The Sierra Leone Football Association President Thomas Daddy Brima together with his Executive Committee have today Wednesday the 5th July successfully led the membership to the 2023 statutory Ordinary Congress at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Freetown.
The opening session of the congress was witnessed by the Minister of Sports Ibrahim Nyelenkeh, Executive Director of the National Sports Authority Dr. Kenneth Brima and the President of the National Olympic Committee Prince Suallay.
Congress deliberated on several issues pertinent to the development of the country’s Football, key among which was the adoption of a new Football Ecosystem that is aimed at reducing the number of teams in the various SLFA leagues to ensure quality, efficiency and proper league management.
Among other impacts, the new system will see a gradual reduction of teams in the Sierra Leone Premier League from the current 18 teams to 12 teams by 2025/26 league season. This was unanimously embraced by the delegates as some of them described the system as “a step in the right direction”.
In his keynote address, SLFA President Thomas Daddy Brima disclosed to congress a number of developmental projects that will soon be implemented by his Executive Committee, among which is a full package of artificial turf, floodlight, perimeter fence, 100KVA generator and 100-seater pavilion at the SLFA Academy Field, Approved School Field, Port Loko Town Field and Bo Coronation Field. Adding that “as part of the same projects, the Kono artificial turf pitch will be renovated with a perimeter fence whiles the Kenema pitch will be equipped with standard floodlight”.
The said projects are set to commence in August 2023 as the Netherland based contractors representing Edel Grass are expected to arrive in Freetown on Friday July 7th to complete the necessary documentations.