Here we go again – the running of football by the Premier League Board (PLB) is something that should warrant some questioning regarding the way and manner in which its fixtures are being drawn.
The complaints these days are many commencing from match fixings, and fixtures that are not in favour of some of the clubs.
What has really upset me most is the silence over the allegation levied by the PRO of East End Lions Pa Alie Sesay that the referee who officiated the match between East End Lions and FC Kallon was in the centre of a bribe scam.
He even went the extra mile to disclose that they (East End Lions) offered the referee from the provinces one million leones , while their opponent gave two million leones.
This is a serious allegation that the PLB should not leave lying down without any positive action. Keeping quiet means that they endorse this corrupt act and God knows if those that constitute that body are not themselves part and parcel of this disgraceful episode.
If the PLB is not serious to tackle this rather disgraceful episode then I call on the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) to step in and arrest this ugly scenario that has come to light now, and which I guess has been the order of the day.
Now with this exposure by no less a person than the PRO of one of the leading clubs in the country, this is the time positive action must be seen to be taken to arrest it now. It has further exposed how these two clubs have been affecting heavy defeats over their opponents’ thanks through bribery and corruption.
This is the time the Anti Corruption Commission should step in and arrest the referee and all the key players particularly officials of both clubs involved in the scandal to put an end to this disgraceful episode .
Now one can understand why our teams woefully fail when they grace the international scene. Having bribed their way in the local league, they cannot perform any better when they represent this nation.
Those involved should not only be arrested but they should be banned from active participation in any competition in the country. This would send a signal to those that are yet to be exposed to tread cautiously.
Another area of concern relates to the drawing up of fixtures, how for heavens sake can Old Edwardians play six matches when others like Mighty Blackpool have just 2 to their credit. Can those that are managing the Premier league tell me where in the world do such fixtures exist?
This has just clearly shown that the premier league board is favouring some teams like Mighty Blackpool, whose request for postponement of matches are granted while other clubs are overruled. I base my argument on the premise that when FC Kallon had seven players on national duty they honoured their league match, but alas not so for Mighty Blackpool who had four players in the U-20, but yet their match over the weekend was postponed even though the team was still in town.
Where is the precedent? Mr. Chairman of the PLB is it because you are a former Chairman of Mighty Blackpool, that’s why they are having preference over the rest?
In a league, Mr. Chairman, of which you should be aware, all teams should have equal opportunity by playing the same number of matches at the same time. Furthermore Mr. Chairman, where is the disciplinary committee that should be seen handing down punishment?
Today the PLB is enjoying a sweet Le200m sponsorship from Africell, but sadly the league is not having the proper publicity it deserves. The number of fans who attend matches is nothing to write home about. The PLB is resting on its oars for Sports Writers to give the league the much needed publicity it deserves but are not grateful for what the guys are doing for them.
What a shameful act. It just demonstrates that greed is the order of the day amongst those who occupy the top hierarchy of the PLB. However, this is Nonsense, we have to change our old and unprogressive ways of doing things and copy the brightest side of things in the world.
But one is not surprised because we see a lot of unqualified people flocking around those in authority just because of their selfish ends while the promotion of the game is in limbo. Indeed our football will continue to be in that unstable state, if the club structures are not changed.
It is still unclear when our clubs would call a general congress of their respective fans to give an update of their status, but rather still they are the ones that are always championing the call for a change in the executive of SLFA.
Quite honestly, if these clubs are properly constituted and even to the extent converted into company and shares sold to their respective fans then the prospect for them would be brighter financial wise. Rather than the present day coasting around from pillar to post begging for cash to pay salaries for their players.
Now is the time for the clubs to change if football is to have a brighter future in the country, however, if they fail to adhere to changes, then we are doomed and the PLB would continue to be handling the premier league in the nonsense manner it is doing things now.
However, least I forget to pay homage to a departed brother Idrissa “Police”Kamara, who was laid to rest past Sunday. He was one of those junior players that I held in high esteem who matured through the rank and file to become a remarkable defender this nation would always be proud of.
“Police” you have played your part remarkably well and those of us who were fortunate to see you in action would always reflect those glorious days under the watchful eye of Coach Jebboh Sherrington. Sleep on and take your rest.
By Samuel John