Sierra Leone Indefinitely Suspends National League Due to Covid-19 Restrictions
Sierra Leone has indefinitely suspended the Premier League due to the recent increase in the number of confirmed covid cases in the country.
This decision to suspend the league came from members of the Premier League Board in a press release dated June 18, 2021.
The release reads as follow:
The Premier League Board has resolved to postpone the ongoing Sierra Leone Premier League (SLPL) indefinitely, following a meeting with club officials today in response to the latest Press Release from NaCOVERC dated 17th instant stating, _inter alia_, that “National Sports Authority designated-activities and competitions shall be held behind closed doors without spectators [and that] only footballers and officials with proof of vaccination will be allowed into the venue [s]”.
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Football is nothing without attending fans and the football economy in Sierra Leone is unsustainable without them. Therefore, playing behind closed doors will be tantamount to being complicit in depriving football fans across the country from watching the undoubtedly most popular sporting discipline in the country as well as causing unbearable hardship on the participating clubs.
We, however, intend to engage the health authorities through SLFA, NSA and the Ministry of Sports for a rethink of this decision particularly following our country’s recent qualification for the 2022 African Cup of Nations in which about half of the National Team comprised of players plying their trade in the SLPL.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Allieu Vandi Koroma,