It is no longer a news that Sierra Leone Timber Businessman Babadi Kamara is eyeing the Sierra Leone Football Association Presidency in their next Elections in 2025.
Many has described him as the saviour of Sierra Leone football following his appointment as Team manager of Leone Stars, Chairman of Bo Rangers Football club and his construction of the 6,000 Capacity Southern Arena Stadium.
Kamara has indeed evolved as a leading figure in Sierra Leone Football; that with just over four years none of the Bo Rangers Football club players would be disappointed. With each passing Sierra Leone premier League competitions, Kamara weighs in with announcements of increased cash prizes and now the players are seeing the money signs.
Under his watch, Kamara has constructed the first ultra-modern club house for Bo Rangers players, an investment which is unprecedented in Sierra Leone Football.
Before Babadi Kamara, there were low transfer fee for Sierra Leone footballers but in 2021, this changed rapidly as he made the first record transfer deal valued at about 225,000,000 for striker, Musa Noah Kamara from East End Lions FC.
As he rises from rags to riches, there have been questions about his source of income and wealth but Babadi is more committed to the development of Sierra Leone Football and remains unperturbed by distractions.
He earlier stated ‘’On a Sunday and under the hot burning sun I am here working for my country. The short term objective of my work is to ensure our most loved National Team Leone Stars play their next qualifying match here in Sierra Leone instead of going to neighbouring countries with no home advantage which mostly count against us. I can’t be distracted by any blog against my personality for I know my inner self’’
Meanwhile, Sierra Leone Football suffered a serious setback when CAF announced on Saturday 27th February 2021, the banning the use of the Siaka Steven Stadium in Freetown for the use of international matches.
After the inspection of the new Southern Arena, the Vice President of SLFA stated that he was highly impressed with the stadium facility. He congratulated Babadi Kamara for setting up such ‘’a magnificent playing facility’’ in the Southern part of the country which is needed to secure much-needed CAF approval to be hosting international matches and zonal tournaments. The General Secretary of the FA, Christopher Kamara also stated that they have done their own parts, it now for CAF to decide.
This development will indeed mark a new turn for Sierra Leone football….
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) granted its second approval to Bo Rangers to host Algerian Club CR Belouizdad at Southern Arena.
The Southern Arena received its first approval from CAF to host champions league match when Bo Rangers hosted Liberian club, LISCR FC.
In his reaction, owner of the facility CEO Babadi Kamara added that he constructed the facility as his support towards the development of Sierra Leone Football.
Philanthropy is second nature to Kamara. Ever since he made good in business before he entered football administration, he made it a focal objective to give back to humanity through charity and supports to other football clubs.
However, before contesting for the mantle of SLFA leadership, at a time when big names in Sierra Leone football allure of the filthy lucre, Kamara must passed the FIFA Integrity Test-a rigorous check on an individual’s credibility and personal life-with flying colours. His transparency and incompatibility may earned him the trust of football delegates who will decide the destiny of Sierra Leone Football for the next fours years.
The significance of these elections extends beyond the presidency. Delegates will be tasked with deciding the composition of the Executive Committee of the Football Association.
The elections, will be held under a watchful eye with FIFA delegation monitoring, drawing significant attention from football enthusiasts and stakeholders.
As the day unfolds, the footballing community eagerly awaits the official elections dates that will determine the leadership of the local football governing body for the next four years.