Football’s world governing body Fifa has decided to take a new approach to ensure that the Sierra Leone FA Congress goes ahead without any impediments. The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Congress was postponed after a row over the eligibility of some of the delegates who were expected to attend.
According to Fifa’s letter to the Minister of Sports Hon. Paul Kamara, “We Will take the opportunity of the presence of the SLFA president in Zurich during the FIFA Congress (29/30 May 2015) to explore the possibilities to ensure the proper representation of the SLFA members, such as the establishment of a working group whose composition could be discussed with the stakeholders and whose tasks would be to identify the delegates according to the regulations in place.
“If a consensus in achieved about the composition of the group of persons who would be assisted by the SLFA secretariats in their tasks, we are confident that the situation will improve with delegates whose legitimacy would not be argued anymore. It would then be up to them to take any decision in compliance with the SLFA constitution.”
The world football body also warned that all plans to remove Isha Johansen as president of the Sierra Leone FA will not be accepted. A committee, headed by Unisa Alim Sesay, was set up by some rival members of the SLFA yet again including representatives of some Premier League clubs.
“We are also aware of the attempts of some members who are claiming to have ousted the SLFA president and her executive Committee and to have established an interim committee through letter usurping the letterhead of the SLFA and addressed to medias and His Excellency. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. As already stated in January 2015 when a similar group of person tried to establish an interim committee, we will not recognize such a committee and we still consider Ms. Johansen and her Executive Committee as the legitimates body of SLFA.”
FIFA swiftly rejected the same unauthorized tele-congress held December 20, 2014 by Johansen’s rivals and threatened to suspend the country from international football unless they reverse their decision.
Johansen, 50, became president of the Sierra Leone Football Association unopposed on 3 August 2013 after a controversial election.