President Bio has unveiled the newly constructed 6,000 capacity Southern Arena Stadium in Bo City on Sunday 21st May, 2023.
The Ceremony hosted different individuals, stakeholders, football fans and supporters, entertainers, government and non-governmental officials, organizations and people from all works of life in Kandeh Town Bo City.
The Southern Arena was constructed by a philanthropist called Babadi Kamara who doubles as the team manager for Bo Rangers FC. It has a capacity of approximately 6,000 and is to serve as a job opportunity for youths in Bo city and also a big boost to the football in the country.
A Mini Regional Gala was organized by the management of the Arena to grace the opening ceremony which has its final played on the day of the ceremony as the climax of the occasion. Each Region in Sierra Leone was represented by a team (Premier League Team) to grace the occasion; Western Area (East End Lions), North- West Region (Bai Bureh FC), Northern Region (Wusum Stars), Eastern Region (Kamboi Eagles), and the Southern Region (Bo Rangers).
It was unfortunate for the host team (Bo Rangers) to suffer a 1-0 defeat from East End Lions from the Western Area. It has been also recorded that, the goal from Ibrahim S. Conteh in the second half of the match served as the first goal from the to be scored in the Southern Arena and the roaring lions being the first team to secure a goal as well as Conteh, the first player to score a goal in the history of the arena.
The ceremony also incorporated musical performances from different musicians led by the entertainment ambassador, Kao Denero.
President Bio in his statement, the president commended the CEO Babadi Kamara for such a move as this will help solve most of the issues of having good sport avenue not only in Bo but Sierra Leone at large.
Babadi Kamara in his statement was delighted by the great turn out from different dignitaries and the love the people of Bo has shown in him from start of the project to the point of the unveiling. He said, the minister of sport has been much closed to him and making possible recommendations on how the Arena will be on international standard for which he commended him and all others who played diverse role in making the dream a reality.
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