Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a groundbreaking event that marked a significant milestone for women’s football, Western Area Rural District proudly hosted the inaugural Female Premier League match on Saturday, December 30th, 2023, at the Bassah Town Playing field in Waterloo.
The hosting ground for this historic occasion was chosen by VEM Buck FC, one of the teams participating in the ongoing Female Premier League competition in Sierra Leone for the 2023-2024 season. The match featured a face-off between the host team, VEM Buck Football Club, and Patricia Humu Football Club from Kambia District in Northern Sierra Leone.
Mohamed S Kanu, also known as Scouter MSK, serves as the Secretary General of the Western Area Rural District Football Association (WARDFA). He described the day as a momentous occasion for equality and progress, emphasizing the significance of Buck Female Football Club hosting the first-ever Female Premier League Match in the Waterloo community. Kanu expressed optimism that the event’s success would positively impact the community and assured that everything was meticulously organized.
Kanu revealed that efforts are underway to establish a Premier League club for the district, showcasing the commitment of WARDFA to match the dream. The event holds importance not only for the township but for women’s football nationwide, as it is expected to inspire more females to actively engage in the sport, stated the WARDFA Secretary General.
Despite the match concluding in a goalless draw, the players’ skill, passion, and determination were evident, captivating spectators and leaving an indelible mark on the Bassa Town field.
Adama Kargbo, a soccer enthusiast, expressed her delight at witnessing her first female Premier League match. She was impressed by the display of skills by the young female players and expressed hope that they would continue to exceed expectations.
Kargbo extended her gratitude to VEM Buck FC for selecting Waterloo as their hosting ground, believing that this decision would encourage more individuals to appreciate and support female soccer, breaking away from the traditional focus on male-dominated matches. BT/2/1/2024