Less than two years since its conception, President of Kingtom Football Association (KFA) Alhaji K Tarawally announced that the organization will change its name to National Achievers Sports Association (NASA).
Tarawally said they decided on the name change because KFA’s primary objective and scope was only aimed at the community level on female football.
Because of the national demands for sports development in the country, Tarawally said, there’s been an urge for national inclusions in order to ensure that all nineteen sporting disciplines in Sierra Leone benefit from our new Developmental Strategic Approach (DSA).
He went further that since the association was only meant for people residing around Kingtom, they thought it fit to merge other well-meaning Sierra Leoneans from all parts of the country in order to achive their aims and objectives.
NASA’s primary vision, Tarawally said, is to complement the efforts of the government in nation building through sports.
He mention that one way they decided to do this it to recognize the talents and positive contribution of sports men and women in Sierra Leone. NASA also seeks to provide advice, ideas and give solutions on national policies in the development of sports in Sierra Leone, he said.
The association was established on the 18th January 2007 by a group of young Sierra Leoneans from different facets of life – journalists, university students, businessmen, etc. – coming together with the aim of genuinely contributing towards the development of sports in the country and to promote mutual cooperation within the community.
Tarawally noted that the decade long civil war left many wounds that have the potential to undermine peace and stability, and sport is one of the tools that could be used to address that.
He also stated that one of the priorities of the associations since its formation is to promote sports at all levels. It could be said that female football has been in complete shambles for the past few years since much of the attention has been given to male football in the country – it’s been five years since Sierra Leone competed in any international female football competition.
Therefore, it is this writer’s belief that as patriotic Sierra Leoneans, it is our civic responsibility as youth to contribute in our own little way towards the revitalization of female football in Sierra Leone.