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Sierra Leone Sports: Gambia U-17 team denied access to train at Bo Stadium

The Gambia female team

The Gambia female team

Reliable sources in Bo have confirmed that the Gambia U-17 female football team were denied access to the Bo/Kenema Highway Mini Stadium Southern Sierra Leone and have instead been taken to the pastoral centre in the City to train on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Ministry of Sports, they insist that the stadium remains closed to both the visitors (Gambia U-17) and their Sierra Leonean counterparts until the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Exco takes appropriate action against its Head of Media and Marketing Officer, Ibrahim Kamara (IBK), for a recent publication, in which he purported the government had not given a dime or any support for the said match.
The Ministry of Sports has “ordered” the Bo Stadium Management to refund SLFA Le6 million for the use of the facilities ahead of the Female U-17 tie between Sierra Leone and the Gambia on 14th October 2017, in the first leg of the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier, preliminary round.
Most football fans and administrators have different views about the situation that is going presently in the football family. According to Desmond Jones, “The Ministry of Sports should not take action at this point in time when the visiting team are in the country. That will send a bad signal to the team and to the international bodies especially FIFA and CAF.”
While James Kamara said that the Ministry of Sports is in the right track as the Football Association need to respect the Ministry as they are in charge of football in the country this action will serve as a lesson that they need to respect authority.
Wednesday October 11, 2017.

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