A brand original chapter of the Sierra Leone Premier League began on Wednesday as for the major time in extra than five years the season will feature all 14 clubs and is furthermore being sanctioned by the soccer affiliation (SLFA).
The Ebola crisis in 2014 ended in all soccer in the country being deserted simply because the league became once at the midway point, whereas closing season did no longer feature FC Johansen nor became once it backed by the SLFA.
FC Johansen, owned by the SLFA president Isha Johansen, did play closing season’ announcing the competition became once illegal.
Closing season began no matter Sierra Leone being below a Fifa-imposed ban from world soccer, after Johansen and SLFA secretary total Christopher Kamara had been suspended from responsibility by the country’s anti corruption fee.
With the ban lifted and the legitimate reinstated FC Johansen membership took fragment on Wednesday’s opening day of the season as they held Mighty Blackpool to a 1-1 device.
“We’re cushty to be help and furthermore cushty that your total 14 clubs are taking fragment in the league,” the head of FC Johansen’s media committee, Kemoh Sesay, told BBC Sport.
“This can impact positively in the game we all cherish. We did no longer raise fragment in the closing league because we believed it became once illegal but thank God the suspension has been lifted by Fifa and we’re help playing the league.”
The SLFA is furthermore cushty that your total league has resumed completely.
“It’s simply that every person 14 groups fetch attain onboard,” the SLFA director of competition, Sorie Ibrahim Sesay, told BBC Sport.
“Our major operate is to organise a unify league, the sequence of cancellations now we fetch had over time did no longer augur effectively for the approach of the game.
“This in itself had some severe consequences in our participation in world competitions.”
“Now that every person clubs fetch determined to attain help onboard below one umbrella to play the league we imagine is an efficient step in the approach of the country.”
The original season gains 13 of the 14 clubs, who performed in entrance of enormous crowds closing season, including the winners of that competition East Discontinue Lions.
An added incentive for the groups this time around is that the champions and runners-up will portray Sierra Leone in next season’s continental membership competitions.
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