Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Prince Kai Saquee, Chairman of the Eastern Region Football Association, addressed football enthusiasts in Kono, emphasizing that the outcome of the playoffs was not under their control. He pointed out that the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) had established special committees responsible for these competitions in Kono and Makeni.
His statement came during the opening ceremony of the National playoff in Kono, where Kahunla Rangers FC from Kenema faced Correctional Services FC from Freetown at the Koidu Community Field.
Saquee stated that their presence at the event was for monitoring purposes and to use the opportunity to encourage unity among the people. He urged everyone to come together and promote the game, emphasizing that in football, there should be no enemies, and he urged all to forget past differences.
Discussing the pitch’s facelift, Prince Kai Saquee mentioned that SLFA, under President Thomas Daddy Brima’s leadership, had secured funding for the rehabilitation of the Koidu Community Field and other playing grounds in different districts. The project includes the construction of an internal perimeter fence, providing additional protection to the field. Work on this project is set to commence in November of this year.
Other speakers who addressed the significance of the National Playoffs included Pastor Buck, Chairman of the Western Area Football Association, Abdul Karim Kabba, Assistant Director of Competitions, and Mohamed B Freeman, Director for Safety. The ceremony was attended by football authorities, members of the media, and the Mayor of Koidu New Sembehun City Council. BT/1/10/2023