After 5-year hiatus, Sierra Leone’s Premier League is back in action

December 6 – A new chapter has begun following Sierra Leone football’s troubled recent past, with the Premier League having resumed for the first time in more than five years.

The Ebola crisis of 2014, coupled with an internal power struggle, led to all football in the country being abandoned

In May both Sierra Leone FA Isha Johansen and her secretary general Chris Kamara were cleared of corruption charges having previously been suspended by the country’s anti-corruption commission.

“This will impact positively in the game we all love. We didn’t take part in the last league because we believed it was illegal but thank God the suspension has been lifted by FIFA and we’re back playing the league,”  SLFA spokesman Kemoh Sesay told the BBC.

SLFA director of competition, Sorie Ibrahim Sesay, added: “The series of cancellations we have had over the years didn’t augur well for the development of the game.

“This in itself had some serious consequences in our participation in international competitions.”

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