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Sierra Leone National Stadium known to be the Siaka Stevens Stadium is the country biggest stadium with 45,000 capacities opened since 1980.

The stadium rehabilitation is what seems lacking within and outside of the stadium in more than three decades.

On February 27, 2021, the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) banned the country’s National Stadium due to its deplorable condition from the poor pitch to the lack of facilities although overturned in a short period the fact of the matter remains visible and true on the ground.

The government, through the Ministry of Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA), with the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) made some moves to fix the long ambitions dream of many especially so when the current dispensation has shown some commitment to sports.

However, a report broke out in the country in March this year, stated that the Government of Sierra Leone has contracted the Chinese for a $40 million rehabilitation in the stadium to start April 2021.

Ironically, little or no sign of a start has been seen so far, the country local clubs still not using the stadium to play home matches.

Depends on who you talk to, the government or football stakeholders will shift blame while the problem keeps aggravating and a crack on one side of the National Stadium will be a disaster and a block to football.

There is no way, the country can attract a big friendly match with such a dreadful stadium, not to talk about host an international football event.

The time is now or never to act for a quick fix or wait for the big turmoil.

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