Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a significant move to promote and elevate female football in Sierra Leone, Catherine A. Sillah, Chairlady of the Women’s Premier League Board, announced that each of the twelve participating clubs has received 40 million Leones as seed money for the first round of the league.
Ms. Sillah emphasized the importance of financial support in empowering female football clubs and called on institutions, including corporate houses, to consider sponsoring the league. She expressed the board’s vision of seeing female football take a new dimension in the country and highlighted the need for media support to disseminate the message that women’s football is thriving in Sierra Leone.
Angela Gabiddon, Secretary General of the Women’s Premier League, provided updates on the league’s preparations. She announced the closure of the player registration period, stating that efforts are underway to publish the list of all registered players to prevent any confusion.
Learning from the lessons of the first edition, Gabiddon emphasized that the board is determined not to repeat mistakes and is committed to ensuring a seamless and successful league. The opening match of the Women’s Premier League is scheduled between defending champions Mogbewmo Queens and Ram Kay FC on Saturday, December 23rd, 2023, at the Southern Arena in Bo.
Continuing on Sunday, December 24th, 2023, the league will feature Patricia Umu hosting Alibitaya Queens in Kambia, Police hosting FC Kallon at Police Field, Koya Queens against VEM Buck at Mile 38, Correctional Service playing against Mena Queens at Parade Field, and Malema Queens taking on Kahunla Queens in Kailahun.
The financial support provided by the Women’s Premier League Board serves as a crucial step towards fostering the growth and sustainability of women’s football in Sierra Leone. With the league set to kick off, there is anticipation and excitement for the continued success and development of female football in the country. BT/22/12/2023