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Impact of COVID-19 on Local Jersey Designers

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Some local sporting kit designers in Freetown have told AYV Sports that they are seriously hit by the Coronavirus as football and other sporting activities are on hold following the ban pronounced by the Sports Ministry three months ago. These local jersey designers also said things are difficult for them as they cannot fulfill their bills due to low turn-out.

The outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus has seriously affected different sectors in Sierra Lone. Since the country recorded an index case on 31st March this year, which led to the government through the Ministry of Sports banning all sporting activities to prevent athletes from contracting the virus. Against this backdrop, some local kit designers told AYV how business has been difficult for them compared to when football and other activities were ongoing in the country.

Musa Kargbo is a local sports kit designer at Kubs Design Tailoring sports shop in Freetown. He cited that during the time when football was actively playing at community level they used to have huge amount of sales.

Mr. Kargbo also said as part of their contribution to promote football they use to credit some communities teams after their production, they later complete their payer after two or more matches.

Over three and a half years ago no national football league in Sierra Leone due to the political infighting. The Sierra Leone Premier league resumed in 2019 that attracted huge number of spectators as the central government aided the league organizers with final support of 3.5 billion Leones.

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