Dates for 2022/23 League season confirmed

Dates for 2022/23 League season confirmed

Dates have been confirmed for the 2022/23 Sierra Leone Premier League season.

The Premier League Board have announced December 9, 2022, as the new date for the season to commence.

With three newly promoted clubs to kick off their campaign this weekend according to the dates announced, Real Republicans are to open their season with an away trip to reigning champions Bo Rangers on Friday.

On Saturday, Lamboi FC will host East End Lions at the Lungi playing field and Kamboi Eagles to host Luawa FC at the Kenema artificial turf on Sunday.

Officials of the Premier Board have confirmed they will hold talks with clubs on Tuesday to settle preliminary issues ahead of Kickoff.

The first round of fixtures will run up to Sunday, March 19, 2023, with 153 games to be played over this period.

Meanwhile, the Sierra Leone Football Association have confirmed a receipt of government help through the Minister of Sports, Ibrahim Nyelenkeh.

The SLFA say they have received a pay-in-slip of Le 2,461,300 (new) as part of payment deposited into the Premier League Board account out of the Le 3,212,000 (new) of the approved government support towards the 2022/23 league season.

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Sierra Leone National A senior team lost their third friendly game in two months.

Algeria’s national B side defeated Sierra Leone 3-0 at the Fujairah Club Stadium on Saturday.

As a result, the Leone Stars have conceded ten goals in the last three friendlies after 4-0 defeats to South Africa and a 3-0 hammering to DRC Leopards in September.

Saturday’s loss to the Algeria B side is their fifth game without a win. They looked like a shadow of themselves as they fell to second-half goals from Shoaib Kdad 57th-minute, Ahmed Qandousi 71st-minute and Abdul Rahman Mezian in the 77th minute.

The friendly contest was part of Coach John Keister’s ongoing preparation for next year’s Cup of Nations qualifiers against São Tomé and Príncipe.

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Sierra Leone national A team, Leone Stars, are set to engage Algeria’s national B side in the United Arab Emirates at the Fujairah Club Stadium on Saturday. 

Kickoff is from 19:00 local time (15:00 hours in Sierra Leone) – it is the third preparation match for Leone Stars in just under two months. 

After two difficult results in their last outings against South Africa and DRC, the Leone Stars will be in the hunt to bounce.

After two difficult results in their last outings against South Africa and DRC, coach John Keister’s side is to continue their groundwork ahead of next year’s Cup of Nations qualifiers against São Tomé and Príncipe.

The Algerians, on the other hand, are preparing to host the 2022 African Nations Championship.

Coach Keister will use the match to assess the depth of his squad, as any of the four new faces could make their Sierra Leone debut.

Jay Tee Kamara from Columbus Crew II, Mbabane Swallows midfielder Mohamed Kabia, US-based attacker Rodney Michael and Mohamed Kamara are all in line to make their Sierra Leone debut.

It’s worth mentioning that Sierra Leone marked their return to the Africa Cup of Nations after more than two decades with a deserving goalless draw with the senior Desert Warriors side in Cameroon at the Japoma Stadium in Douala on January 11, 2022. 

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Two new faces were drafted to the Sierra Leone A team from U23 as they hit the Fujairah training pitch with head coach John Keister during their United Arab Emirates (UAE) training camp.  

Jay Tee Kamara from Columbus Crew and Mohamed Kabia Mbabane Swallows were brilliant against Zambia during U23 African Cup of Nations matches last month.

As well as offering developmental experiences to some players selected, the trip will support Sierra Leone Men’s Test preparation for their African Cup of Nations doubleheader next year.

Sixteen foreign-based players were part of the team out on the grass as they re-group to bounce back from DRC and South Africa defeats.

Check out some images of their first session lasted for an hour and a half at the Fujairah training facility on Tuesday.

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Sierra Leone National A team, Leone Stars, have opened a week-long training camp in the United Arab Emirates with sixteen foreign-based players and six home-based stars.

Football Sierra Leone understands the full contingent arrived safely en route from Guinea for Dubai ahead of two expected matches during their training in Dubai.

Players and officials will reside at the Concorde Hotel in Fujairah as this training camp will be part of head coach John Keister’s preparation for next year’s doubleheader against Sao Tome in March 2023.

This medium gathered that Sierra Leone could probably face Kuwait on the 16th before taking on the Desert Warriors of Algeria on the 19th of November, respectively, at the Fujairah Club Stadium.

As well as offering developmental experiences to some players selected, the trip will support Sierra Leone men’s preparation for their African Cup of Nations doubleheader next year.

The list of 22 players in Fujairah City in the United Arab Emirates

Keepers – Mohamed N Kamara Horoya AC, Issa Caulker FC Kallon, Unisa Conteh FC Johansen 

Defenders – Steven Caulker Fatih Karagümrük, Alex Bangura Cambuur, Demba Kamara Victor San Marino, Emanual Samadiya Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion FC, Alpha Bedor Conteh Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion, Lamin Conteh FC Johansen, Abubakarr Samura Bo Rangers 

Midfielders – Alusine Koroma & Alhassan Koroma RB Linense, Mohamed Kabia Mbabane Swallows, Jay Tee Kamara Columbus Crew, Prince Barrie EE Lions, Mohamed Kamara aka Marez EE Lions, Rodney Michael Indy Eleven

Attackers – Mohamed Buya Turay Malmo, Amadou Bakayoko Bolton, Sullay Kaikai Wycombe, Jonathan Morsay  Panetolikos F.C, Augustine Williams  Charleston Battery 

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Tributes were paid on Saturday to former Sierra Leone National Team Manager, Administrator, and football enthusiast, Eric Lansana, who died after a gruesome road accident.

Sierra Leone lost a great sportsman, an enthusiastic individual and a citizen. He gave his country his all.

Reigning Sierra Leone champions Bo Rangers chairman Babadi Kamara was the first to break the news to some members of the football family just before midday on Saturday. “Sad to inform you all that we have lost Eric Lansana (TD-Bo Rangers) through a road accident.”

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Eric was a committed and passionate contributor to football in Sierra Leone. One of the few Sierra Leoneans to sacrifice opportunities in Europe to give back to his Nation (Sierra Leone). His love and unique sense of accommodating friends around the game will be recognized. We have lost an influential character within the football family.

  • The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)

Before his demise, Eric served as the Technical Director of Bo Rangers Football Club. He will be remembered for his Ineradicable contribution to the growth of Sierra Leone football. 

  • Ministry of Sports / The National Sports Authority – (MOS & NSA)

Former Sierra Leone, National Senior Male team, Leone Stars, will be missed and always remembered for his calm, calculated disposition among football administrators, players and fans.

His contribution to football development across the country at all levels was remarkable.

  • Eastern Region Football Assocaiution (ERFA)

As humble as he is, Eric Lansana has always been around Bo Rangers in ensuring that they achieve whatever assignment they had in their hands. His love for sports, especially football, was unimaginable.

  • Former TM Leone Stars and Brookfields United Chairman Christian Duada

While we love the late Eric Lansana dearly, whoever God takes away or gives away belongs to him. Everything has a final term in this world, so I urge family, football lovers and friends to be patient and strong.

  • Football Administrator and Chairman Mighty Blackpool Rodney Michael 

Eric was a genuine football person, not one for fame or glory, but his satisfaction was helping talented players develop and seeing good quality football played. A humble, respectful, genuine and peaceful man. 

ERIC was a friend to all in football – and we at Blackpool will forever remember his role and contribution to our club over the years. 

Football has lost a super guy. May His Soul Rest in perfect peace.

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