The Government of Sierra Leone (GOSL) needs 160 million Leones to lift the National Stadium which was banned by FIFA up to acceptable FIFA standards.
This was disclosed to the press in a joint conference organized by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports and the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).
Speaking about the banned Stadium the Minister of Education Youth and Sports Dr Minkailu Bah said he was disappointed and very bitter when he heard the news from Unisa Deen Kargbo (UDK) that FIFA had banned the stadium for a year preventing us from not hosting any of our world cup 2010 home matches.
The Minister stated that since he assumed office last year nobody informed him about the inspectors visit from FIFA and that as a respectable government they should have come in to salvage the situation and the banning of the Stadium would not have been possible.
He noted that as a government they were committed to sports and that was why since he took over every sporting discipline that has forwarded their budget to his Ministry which is justifiable have been approved.
He also recalled that last year the SLFA executive informed him about the National team’s intention to participate in a zone two competition about four days to the competition and that they needed about 139 million Leones which as a government they were able to raise.
Dr Minkailu Bah said as a respectable government they are ready to do anything for the national team to play their matches as they do not want to deprive the boys from playing their matches.
The team manager of the national team Mohamed Sesay in his own contribution said he too was not happy as a team manager and he will like to see his boys playing their home matches at the national stadium.
He went further to state that if there is any way possible where FIFA can lift the ban and give them sometime he will be in a position to raise about 50 million Leones for the project.
He later appealed to the Minister that those who are responsible must be surely brought to book for their act.