Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), in synergy with the Confederation of African Football (CAF), commenced a comprehensive two-day National Workshop on the Club Licensing Online Platform (CLOP) on Monday, December 11th, 2023. The workshop, hosted at the Raddison Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown, willreach its conclusion today, Tuesday, December 12th, 2023.
The CLOP, an innovative electronic tool designed by CAF, is tailored to streamline the licensing process and manage stadium inspections for both continental and domestic football competitions.
Leading the workshop were three CAF Club Licensing instructors – Hamza Sorouri, Francis Essah Adu, and Emmanuel Newton Dasoberi. These instructors were tasked with guiding over 50 participants to grasp the operational aspects of the new platform, allowing them to efficiently administer licensing requirements for each football season.
A primary objective of the workshop was to present the updated CAF Club Licensing regulatory framework (edition 2022) for both men’s and women’s football. The session focused on elucidating the mandatory criteria for participation in domestic and continental competitions.
During the workshop’s inauguration, SLFA Vice President-1, Harold Nat-Johnson, highlighted the significance of digitalizing football administration in Africa, aligning it with the global trajectory of technological advancements. Johnson emphasized the importance of participants’ dedication to the training, urging them to ensure the dissemination of knowledge acquired to other members within their respective clubs.
The workshop’s conclusion signifies a significant stride towards embracing technological advancements in football administration, laying the groundwork for enhanced efficiency and compliance in Sierra Leone’s football landscape. BT/12/12/2023