Today is deadline day for the Sierra Leone National Sports Council (NSC) to reverse its decision to ban the football FA executive from office according to the football governing body Fifa’s ultimatum.
Answering a request by this website, the world body has exclusively told footballsierraleone.net that “If the decisions in question are not withdrawn by Wednesday 16 December 2015; the case will be referred to the FIFA Emergency Committee to decide on a suspension with immediate effect.” following the latest football impasse.
“We can confirm that the recent decisions of the National Sports Council are a clear governmental interference in the internal affairs of the SLFA and violate the SLFA obligations as contemplated in the FIFA Statutes (art. 13, par 1, let. I and art.17, par.1).
“Under these circumstances, FIFA has warned that if the decisions in question are not withdrawn by Wednesday 16 December 2015, the case will be referred to the FIFA Emergency Committee to decide on a suspension with immediate effect.”
However, Sierra Leone National Sports Council (NSC) told this website that they have rejected demands by FIFA to reinstate its dissolved football association.
Deputy sports Minister Al-Sankoh Conteh said that ultimatum will be discountenanced by the people of this country, in fact, the news from FIFA is disrespectful to the state and people of Sierra Leone.
“This decision to dissolve the Isha Johansen led SLFA executive, is an internal matter to restore the stability and unity of football.
“FIFA is not interested in the stability and unity of football in Sierra Leone, they are only interested in an individual who is responsible for the embarrassment, corruption and disunity among the football family.”
“We were expecting FIFA to have come up with a statement against the unilateral and unreasonable decision by the Sierra Leone Football Association to dissolve the seven-man committee that was established with an agreement by State House and the SLFA.”
“FIFA must support the people of Sierra Leone to promoting football not to destroy the game.”
A defiant Johansen has asked that she be given more time to carry out her plans for Sierra Leone football and that the dissolution of her executive will only lead to more problems with the sport’s ruling bodies Fifa and Caf.
“I would urge every well meaning Sierra Leonean be you a football lover or otherwise to fully understand the consequences of what a full exclusion from FIFA and CAF would mean not just for our teams and football, but for the nation,” Johansen said.
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