What looks like a spanner has been driven into the workings of the Premier League Board as the Stadium management has written a letter stating conflicting dates with their scheduled matches and also calling on the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) to settle debts it owes the Stadium management from last year’s matches.
In a letter written by the Deputy Director of Sports Alphan Koker on behalf of the Stadium Management to the SLFA Secretary General for the attention of the Executive Secretary of the Premier League Board captioned Engagement of the National Stadium/Football Grounds for the 2009 National Premier League Competition, stating that since they operate on a first come first serve principle the following dates have already been engaged:- 20th and 21st March,2009,3rd and 4th April,2009,18th to the 27th April 2009,2nd and 3rd May,2009.
“The rest of the dates within your speculation will be made available for your
Proposed matches provided you meet the payment for the Stadium rental charge of Le600, 000 per match day (Pre-payment before each match).”
Also that the SLFA settles the arrears owed for the last Premier League, amounting to Le8.4 million and Fifteen (Le15m) Million for the three International matches (SL/Nigeria, SL/South Africa, SL/Equatorial Guinea) played within the framework of the Preliminary matches of the World Cup/African Cup of Nations 2010.
The letter stated further reminded the SLFA for the payment of the Stadium percentage from the $120,000 US dollars agreement, signed with Sportive for centralized marketing of the T.V and publicity of the combined preliminary matches of the World Cup/African Cup of Nations, for which the Stadium was put at the disposal of Sportive as a conditionality for the Sierra Leone Football Association to benefit from the said amount.