The restart of the premier league has been put on hold again for the third time in a row despite several efforts from the Premier League Board Chairman, Ishmael Koroma and the new executive led by Isha Johansen.
What appeared to be a real kick off or a final end to the football feud occurred on Friday when East End Lions played to 1-1 draw with RSLAF at the national stadium.
However, the league hit a snag on Sunday when FC Kallon failed to honor their fixture against FC Johansen.
Central Parade, Bo Rangers, Diamond Stars and FCFC all towed the line of Kallon FC as they shrugged off their respective fixtures.
It could be recalled that 9 (nine) among the 14 Premier League clubs threatened not to honor their respective fixtures until the current impasse that surrounds the country`s football is settled amicable.
Sounding the views of the boycotted clubs’ representatives, they noted that the executive of the FA should heal the wounds that surround the country`s football before they release their clubs to continue the league.
Secretary General of Old Edwardians Amidu Koroma aka “Freaky” said, “We`re not going to honor the fixture until our demands are met. Abdul Rahman Swarray and Sorie Ibrahim cannot hold our football to ransom because we are spending huge money to run our clubs, adding that, “We can honor the fixtures if only our demands are met”.
Team Manager of Central Parade, Siragi Rollings Kamara, said until the demands of the aggrieved parties are met before they can call off the strike.
Chief Executive Officer of Kallon FC, Mohamed Kallon, also reiterates that if Abdul Rahman Swarray and Sorie Ibrahim continue to occupy positions in the FA, they will conversely continue to boycott the fixtures.
Chairman of Diamond Stars, PC B George Torto 111 said his side is in full support of the aggrieved party and until the demands of the aggrieved party are met, he will not allow Diamond Stars to partake in the Premier League.
Public Relations Officer of Mighty Blackpool, Alhaji K. Tarawallie, said the executive is comfortable with the stands of the clubs to boycott the league. “We`re the key stakeholders in the game so I see no reason why the current executive led by Madam Isha Johansen to continue humiliating us,” he noted.
Head of Media and Marketing Department of the Sierra Leone Football Association, John Konteh, said the FA has been holding meetings with the aggrieved parties to look into their demands, adding that he hopes the two parties would reach a peaceful solution for the good of the game.
John said: “The clubs, fans and the media are key stakeholders in the game so whatever demands they make my executive will look into it and find a solution,” he said.
By Martin Wusha Conteh: Mysierraleoneonline.com