Finger pointing over delegates disrupt Congress


Police at the entrance of the SLFA Congress venue Wusum Hotel

It has now emerged that the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Congress was postponed on Saturday after a row over the eligibility of some of the delegates who were expected to attend.

The announcement that the Congress should be postponed was made by Sierra Leone’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) leader (In Photo) Dr Patrick Coker who was called to chair the deliberations.

The Congress has been postponed for two months.

The head of Premier League side Old Edwardians accused the FA of engaging in fraud by changing the names of the delegates who were expected to attend and represent their affiliated bodies.

“The delegates list was (incomplete) and real delegates refused accreditation,” Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai from Makeni.

“Western Area Football Club was represented by people who had no business in it. They were neither member of the association nor club owners.

“The representative of Heroes, which is the veterans of football, had their president and secretary locked out of the meeting and SLFA preferred delegates falsified. Its frail president, Umaru Deen Sesay, was pushed to the floor by the police but for the (timely) intervention of IG Munu (the police chief), he would have beaten.

“The Referees Association president was also locked out of the conference and a member falsified as a delegate.

“The eight delegates from the Southern region were disqualified and allowed as observers because they were regarded as anti-Isha. It took hours to restore their status.” Saffa added.

SLFA head of competitions Sorie Ibrahim responding to stated “The event ended in a cacophony after some delegates have protested that some of the delegates in the congress are fake.

“The chairman had no option but to request for a motion for an adjournment to enable all delegates regularise their status before the next congress.”

The second most powerful man in Sierra Leone football, Brima Kamara, who is the vice chairman, told the BBC African Football in Makeni that all the allegations against the FA are false.

“Some of the stakeholders have no respect for their executive committee who they gave the mandate to govern football in Sierra Leone,” Kamara told BBC Sport.

“There were no fake delegates in the congress, some people just wanted to cause problems.

“I’m disappointed at them and I have a message for them that we are determined to run football in Sierra Leone until our term expires.”

Head of State Ernest Bai Koroma who had fixed the date for the congress after responding to meetings with rival factions in January will be disappointed with the unforeseen end of the much anticipated SLFA Congress.

This is the third time President Koroma has waded into the FA and its affiliates to resolve the power struggle aimed at ousting the Isha Johansen led SLFA executive.

The World football body FIFA swiftly rejected the 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.

By Alie Bittar : Apr 19, 2015 @ 8:03 pm


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