Sierra Leone Premier League Board disciplines defaulting Referees

Premier league Board Chairman Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai

The Sierra Leone Premier League Board (SLPLB) wishes to inform the general public and fervent followers of the ongoing Sierra Leone Premier League that, in a way of ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in the ongoing 2018-2019 League season, the Disciplinary and Protest Committee in accordance with the premier league rules and regulations have completed investigations on official complaints/reports received from previous league matches from across the country.
After thorough investigations and with evidences available, the committee was able to arrive at the following decisions from the respective matches as stipulated in the reports below:

Disciplinary actions have been taken by the SLFA Referees Committee against the following Officials on the 22nd February, 2019.

*Bo Rangers vs East End Tigers*

Referee: *Ibrahim Gassama – Kono*

Assistant Referee: *Joseph B. Koroma -Tonkolili*

The above Named Referees took decisions which did not conform with the Laws and spirits of the game contrary to Law 10.
In this regard the above Referees are demoted to Division one.

9th March, 2019

*FC Kallon vs Kamboi Eagles*

Referee: *Mohmed Daddy Conteh*

The above named Referee failed to interpret Law 12 for DOGOSO offence contrary to the Law of the game.
A player who commits an offense is sent off (Red Card) for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity to an opponent whose overall movement is towards the offside goal by is an offense punishable by a Free kick by holding an opponent out of the penalty area.

In this regard the Named Referee is suspended for fourteen (14) days for failing to issue a Red card which is contrary to Law 12.

The Premier League Board is also assuring football fans of its total commitment towards ensuring a violence-free Premier League.


Sierra Leone: Everette Warbutton Memorial Table Tennis Tourney Resumes

By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk)

To the memory of Everette Warburton

Ayodele Warburton in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Table Tennis Association will be hosting the Everette Warburton Memorial one-day open table tennis tournament at the Siaka Stevens Stadium table tennis gym on Sunday, 23rd December, 2018 starting at 9am.

The annual tournament started in 2010 but stalled during the Ebola outbreak in 2014.

This is the 5th tournament organized by Ayodele Warburton in memory of his late brother, Everette Warburton, who always supported him as he followed his passion for the sport.

“This tournament is to honour my late brother who supported me playing the game, but it’s also my way of contributing to the development of table tennis in Sierra Leone and to foster camaraderie among the country’s table tennis family,” said Ayodele, who traveled from the United States of America to organize the event.

Ayodele Warburton was a junior and senior national table tennis player with his junior career dating back to the late 1980s. In the 1987 National Petroleum Table Tennis Tournament at the YSC, Ayodele Warburton was a semi-finalist alongside Leone Elliot in the Boys Single. In his senior career, he has represented Sierra Leone in Joola North America table tennis championship and, now based in the US, he is twice the winner of the Sierra Leone Diaspora Table Tennis Tournament in that country.

Meanwhile, registration for the tournament is free and there are trophies and cash prizes up for grabs. There will also be refreshments for all participants.

Ayodele Warburton with some current players

For more information, interested participants should contact the Sierra Leone Table Tennis Association.

The Japan Sports Agency and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation partner to use the power of sport to achieve the SDGs

The Japan Sports Agency and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have partnered to utilize the momentum of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 to increase awareness of, and participation in, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Launching in 2019, the “Our Global Goals” project will bring together Japanese and global athletes as Ambassadors to champion the SDGs. Harnessing the spirit of sport, these ambassadors will work with both Japanese and global NGOs towards realizing the SDGs and creating a legacy of action for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals) are a series of ambitious objectives and targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and combat climate change by 2030. The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has implemented a Sustainability Plan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 which seeks to ensure that Tokyo 2020 contributes to the realization of the SDGs.

Building on this momentum, the Gates Foundation will provide funding and expertise for various programs to be carried out by “Our Global Goals” Ambassadors in conjunction with NGOs. These will include field visits, workshops and learning opportunities focused predominantly on the first six SDGs – No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-Being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, and Clean Water and Sanitation. Through these programs, Ambassadors will raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, actions for the realization of the SDGs.

This project has been certified as a Tokyo 2020 Official Programme. It is an extension of the Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers initiative launched in September 2017, which uses stories, data and partnerships to highlight progress towards the Global Goals, hold governments accountable, and foster new leadership. With the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Games, the Gates Foundation aims to promote the commitment of sports communities in Japan to help achieve the SDGs and encourage global participation from civic society. The project also expands on the Japan Sports Agency’s “Sports SDGs” program and ongoing work to address social issues through sports.

With the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 as a key upcoming milestone, Japan is in the global spotlight,” said Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Japan is already the world’s fourth largest donor of development aid, and the Our Global Goals project is an opportunity to cement the SDGs as the legacy of Japan’s Olympic Games. I am excited that Japanese athletes will support the Global Goals by inspiring people to get more engaged in the next decade leading up to the 2030 deadline.

Tomoko Ukishima, State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for the Government of Japan, said: “Sports have an incredible ability to attract and engage. We hope the Our Global Goals project can play an important role in building awareness and contributing to the realization of the SDGs in Japan and around the world.

Yoshiro Mori, President of The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said: “We welcome this collaboration between the Japan Sports Agency and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and their announcement today that they will be launching various projects aimed at addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through sport. We are pleased to recognise their initiative as part of the Tokyo 2020 Official Programme – the first time that SDGs have been incorporated into the planning and delivery of an Olympic and Paralympic Games. Their collaboration reflects our Games vision, and we hope the active participation of athletes in their projects after the Games will become one of Tokyo 2020’s legacies.

Senegal selected as host country for the 4th Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022

First Olympic event in history to be organised on the African continent

October 8, 2018/ — Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) nominated Senegal as the host country for the 4th Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022. It will be the first Olympic event in history to take place on the African continent.

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It is now up to international sports federations to focus on Africa

One of the highlights of the YOG will be the leading rugby sevens teams competing against each other. Rugby sevens made its debut at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing and was one of 32 sports at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

“The 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Senegal represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase rugby sevens in Africa. Rugby is the fastest growing sport on the continent. In 2002, only six African nations played rugby. Now there are 38! Out of 105 countries playing rugby competitively in the world, one third are African countries,” stated Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, founder and CEO of APO Group, and the main official sponsor of the World Rugby African Association, Rugby Africa.

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, recently declared “It is time for Africa – the home of many successful and prominent Olympic athletes. Africa is a continent of youth. That is why we want to take the Youth Olympic Games 2022 to Africa and to Senegal. They have offered a project based on a strong vision for youth and sport. There are many opportunities, and we will endeavour to deliver together, as part of a strong partnership, a visionary, responsible and inspiring Youth Games”.

Senegal’s application was based on three sites: the capital, Dakar; the new city of Diamniadio; and the seaside resort of Saly. Senegal’s project is tied to the country’s general development strategy, notably the national government’s “Emerging Senegal’’ plan, which envisions major economic and infrastructure improvements.

“According to the United Nations, Africa will have nearly 4.5 billion inhabitants by 2100, representing 40% of the world’s population. Several years ago, multinational companies realised that Africa could no longer be ignored. It is now up to international sports federations to focus on Africa. The competition between the sports will be fierce and first to come will certainly be the first served; a key factor being a significant increase in the number of participants and their income from sponsorship and television broadcasting rights”, added Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard.

The 2022 Summer Youth Olympic Games will be the fourth edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games and the seventh edition of the Youth Olympic Games.

Rugby World Cup African Qualifiers: Namibia have qualified for Rugby World Cup 2019 after winning the Africa Gold Cup

On Saturday 18 August 2018, the Namibia senior rugby team the Welwitschias played against Kenya during the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, which is also a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Namibia captain Johan Deysel and coach Phil Davies hold the Africa Gold Cup trophy, surrounded by th

Namibia captain Johan Deysel and coach Phil Davies hold the Africa Gold Cup trophy, surrounded by their team mates

This was the fifth win for the Welwitschias and saw Namibia qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Namibia opened the scoring through a penalty by Clive Loubser.

Kenya then scored the first try of the match through right winger William Ambaka which was converted by Darwin Mukidza, to take a 7-3 lead inside 13minutes.

Namibia hit back through Chrysander Botha’s try which Loubser converted for 17-7 scoreline.

Namibia regained the lead through man of the match and double try scorer Louis Van Der Westhuizen.

Kenya were offered an opportunity to reduce the arrears through a penalty but Ambaka missed.

Loubser then added a try and a conversion to take the scoreline to 22-7 at halftime.

The Welwitschias resumed the second half stronger with  Van Der Westhuizen adding his second try of the day within a minute of resumption with Loubser adding more points from the boot.

The Welwitschias who have won the Rugby Africa Gold Cup for four times in a row will be looking to qualify for the 2019 World Cup finals slated for Japan.

With Namibia dominating the game, Kenya made a raft of changes which added urgency to their game with Ambaka scoring his second try for Kenya.

Mukidza converted the try to take the scoreline to 32-14.

The home side hit back immediately through Tjeriko Mahepisa and Loubser converted to give Namibia a 39-14 lead.

Darrly De la Harpe added his name to the try scorer and Loubser converted to take the scoreline to 46-14.

Kenya kept pushing and captain Davis Chenge scored a try which was converted by Mukidza.

Kenya then scored and converted two more tries while the home team added one more converted try by Botha to leave the final scoreline at 53-28 in favour of Namibia.

With the victory Namibia retained the Africa Gold Cup for the fifth time and qualified for the world cup.

Kenya will have another chance to claim a spot at the world cup when they play the repechage qualifies in November.

Speaking to the media after the match Namibia’s Coach Phil Davies said he was pleased with the ambitions of his side.

“We played well today, the team stuck to the game plan. This means a lot as we have been building a team since the last world cup. We have an average age of 24 years now compared to 31 at the previous tournament. We have depth now,” he explained.

Captain Johan Deysel said Namibia had played well by utilizing all the chances that came their way.

Ian Snook the Kenyan coach said his team played their hearts out but lost the match due to lack ‘intelligence’.

Abdelaziz Bougja, chairman of World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa (, said: “Namibia has been impressive all along this competition and today the strongest team has won. Congratulations and I have no doubt that they will make us proud at the RWC 2019 in Japan. Well done as well to Kenya who kept going and played really well. I am very proud of our African teams and the progress they have made over recent years.”

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO Group (, the main Official Partner of Rugby Africa, said: “As the main Official Partner of Rugby Africa, we will put all our efforts in ensuring the world knows about Namibia’s participation in the World Cup. We will soon unveil a communication plan aimed at promoting African rugby during the Rugby World Cup 2019.”

Suspense is high for the three remaining matches of the African qualifiers for the Rugby World Cup 2019 this Saturday, 18th August

The stakes for the last three matches of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2018 could not be higher, with a dramatic final between Namibia and Kenya, and a fierce fight between Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Morocco to remain in the Gold Cup

The 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup concludes this Saturday, August 18th with three intense matches.


Kenya vs Namibia

In Windhoek, Namibia will host Kenya for the final match of the tournament. With 17 points on the scoreboard, Kenya absolutely needs to win the match to overtake Namibia who already have a total of 20 points. In the event of a defensive bonus point for Namibia, both teams would have a total of 21 points each, and according to the rules, the winner of the match between the two tied teams would win the Cup overall. The suspense remains unabated between these two teams who have not lost a single match in the Gold Cup so far. Namibia has won with large margins and gained several bonus points giving them a good lead, but not enough to safeguard their victory against the Kenyans. The runner-up will have to be satisfied with a place in the international playoffs that will take place in November in France with teams from Germany, Canada and Hong Kong.

In Kampala, Uganda will host Zimbabwe who are still looking for a win in this tournament to save them from relegation. The Ugandans won their first two games at home and are hoping to finish on a high note in front of their many enthusiastic supporters in attendance. Finally, the duel between the fellow North Africans, Tunisia and Morocco, will be held in Jemmel and here, Morocco will be trying to achieve a first victory to stay in the Gold Cup.

In the event of a tie on points after all the matches have been played, the teams will be classified depending on the scores of the matches played. For example, Tunisia having beaten Zimbabwe, would have the advantage over the Sables in the case of a tie. The draw between Morocco and Zimbabwe means that it would be necessary to examine the goal-average to decide between them. The suspense continues to build and the pressure is rising!

The matches will be refereed by Cwengile Jadzewani (South Africa) assisted by Victor Oduor (Kenya) and Nicardo Pienaar (Namibia) in Uganda at14:00 CAT; Egon Seconds (South Africa) assisted by Precious Pazani (Zimbabwe) and Saudah Adiru (Uganda) in Namibia at 16:00 CAT; Thomas Charrabas (France) assisted by Ignace N’dri Kan (Ivory Coast) and Sylvain Mané (Senegal) at 18:00 CAT. All matches will be broadcast live on television by Kwese Sports, also on YouTube in Africa and on the World Rugby website, YouTube channel and Twitter in the rest of the world.

Created in 1986, Rugby Africa (, previously the African Confederation of Rugby (Confédération Africaine de Rugby – CAR), is one of the six regional associations composing  World Rugby (, the international organisation responsible for the governing of Rugby Union and Rugby Sevens. Rugby Africa unites all of the African countries which play rugby union, rugby sevens, and women’s rugby. Rugby Africa organises the Rugby Africa Gold Cup, the qualifying competition for the Rugby World Cup 2019, and Africa 7, a qualifying competition for the Olympic Games 2020. Rugby Africa has 38 members, including 22 membres and associated members of World Rugby, 10 members and associated members of Rugby Africa and 16 new countries collaborating with Rugby Africa.

Maggie Barrie of Sierra Leone wins gold at Morton Games

240px-Maggie_Barrie_by_Jenaragon94_-_472Sierra Leonean female sprinter, Maggie Barrie, on Monday won the women  800m gold medal at the Morton Games in Dublin, Ireland.

Ireland’s Phil Healy finishing in second place.

In 2017, Barrie was chosen to represent Sierra Leone at the International Association of Athletics Federation World Championships in London, England, where she competed in the 400-meter dash.

“Sierra Leone definitely drives me,” Barrie said. “Being able to represent it and put it on the map and make an opportunity for sports to be able to drive the nation is definitely and honor.”

Barrie is a member of Ohio State’s indoor 4×400 relay team which set a school record of 3:31.23 and became the first group in program history to be named first team All-Americans in the event.

Barrie’s triumph at the Morton Games in Santry has made Sierra Leone proud as she flies the country’s flag high.