Football Stakeholders opposed to the Isha Johansen led Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) administration have announced plans to start their own national league dubbed; ‘the Sierra Leone Premier league’.
The group which is made up of football club owners said the planned premier league will commence on January 30 and according to Mohamed Bah-a member of the group’s communication team, 12 of the 14 premier league clubs in the country have already consented to participate in the tournament.
“God willing our tournament will commence on 30th January. The games would be played at the National Stadium, Kenema town field, and other venues,” Bah said adding that: “We have thought that despite our differences we should not stop playing football which has had a negative impact on the development of the game.”
In September 2013, nine premier league clubs; Kamboi Eagles, FC Kallon, Bo Rangers, Old Edwardians, Mighty Blackpool, Freetown City FC, Ports Authority, Central Parade and Diamond Stars boycotted the national league organised by the Johansen administration in protest against the decision of the then-SLFA Normalisation Committee to disqualify Sierra Leone football legend Mohamed Kallon, Rodney Michael and Foday Turay from contesting the August 3rd 2013 FA Presidential election which brought Johansen to power.
Few months later the stakeholders staged a national league but it was aborted after peace talk was summoned by the President of Sierra Leone His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at State House.