Awoko calls for constructive dialogue


Alhaji Unisa Alim Sesay chairman interim committee of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Interim Executive Committee, has said the committee would welcome constructive dialogue on the development of football in the country, and encouraged all who have “genuine interest in the management of football in the country to start preparing for the next elective congress” to be held within the next six months.

Mr Sesay, a veteran football administrator, warns that saboteurs will not be tolerated or individuals wanting to interfere with the work of the committee.

“We will encourage constructive dialogue for the good of the game, but we will not negotiate out of fear. The current issue in SLFA is a constitutional matter and we will advise that…all respect the rule of law; that is, the SLFA, FIFA, and CAF statutes.”

“I acknowledged that the past two years have been quite tumultuous for our favourite sport. Our expectations, we had the previous executive, were certainly high but, unfortunately, have remained largely unmet.

“I, therefore, call on everybody to help the committee so that much could be achieved within the limited timeframe. I would like to warn against acts of sabotage or interference as the committee buckles down to its work. Such unpatriotic conduct would be stoutly resisted.”

“My nine-man interim committee will not tolerate any unpatriotic conduct or interference from anybody or entity.”

He also warned “the dissolved SLFA Executive Committee” to refrain from any further activities, including the expenditure of SLFA funds, an issue he said they will address in due course.

“I am satisfied that the action of the stakeholders was in accordance with the SLFA Statutes and in the interest of football. There was an absolute need for decisive action to arrest the rapid downward spiral of football in the country.”

“I feel deeply humbled and highly honoured by the confidence of the membership of SLFA to appoint me to the position of interim chairperson,” Sesay noted.


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