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The construction of the Kenema artificial turf project was approved from the last SLFA Extraordinary Congress that was held on 1st February this year in Kenema. It was announced by the President of the Sierra Leone Football Association Isha Johansen to her members and approved by the FIFA representative Solomon Mudege.

Some members on Congress considered the move by the executive of the Football Association as a way to score political points for their Congress, while the Football Association is considering the move as part of their structures in developing football at the various regions in Sierra Leone. 

However, the Kenema artificial turf project was officially launched by President Julius Madaa Bio together with the Sierra Leone Football Association few months ago. Work started according to reports but was halted due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. 

However, the Football Association issued a press statement informing football fanatics and the general public that the Kenema artificial turf installation project has been temporarily postponed as a consequence of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the pending Rainy Season. 

The release further stated that FIFA and SLFA’s position during the COVID-19 pandemic is to prioritize health and safety. The project contractor (Edel Grass) is therefore respecting travel restrictions and health measures set by the government of Sierra Leone.

The presser stated that work is expected to resume in October 2020, subject to the lifting of health and travel regulations, at which time the rains would have also subsided.   

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