The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) is set to make history with its groundbreaking grassroots football initiative, the National Youth (U12 and U14) Championship. The momentous event will officially kick off on Saturday, 9 December 2023, at the Kono Mini Stadium in Koidu Town.
Marking a significant milestone for Sierra Leonean football, the championship will serve as a platform to showcase the nation’s young talent and foster a passion for the sport among the country’s youth. This pioneering endeavor aligns with the SLFA’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of football stars and promoting the sport’s growth and development at the grassroots level.
“We are incredibly excited to launch the National Youth Championship, which represents a major step forward in our efforts to identify and nurture young footballing talent,” stated SLFA's Youth Football Coordinator Alimamy K Conteh. “This initiative will provide a unique opportunity for our youth to showcase their skills, develop their passion for the sport, and contribute to the future of Sierra Leonean football.”
The championship will feature teams from across Sierra Leone’s four regions – North, South, East, and West – competing in two age categories: U12 and U14.
“We are confident that the National Youth Championship will be a resounding success and will leave an indelible mark on Sierra Leonean football,” remarked SLFA Ag.General Secretary Mohamed Benson Bawoh. “This event embodies our unwavering commitment to fostering the growth and development of the sport at the grassroots level, where the future of Sierra Leonean football lies.”
The SLFA’s dedication to promoting youth development through football is evident in its unwavering support for the National Youth Championship. This landmark event promises to not only unearth promising young talents but also ignite a passion for the sport among Sierra Leone’s youth, laying a solid foundation for the future of Sierra Leonean football.