The Ministry of Sport in Sierra Leone is now officially backing the removal of the Football Association’s executive, following the release of a statement signed by the Acting Director of Sport and copies sent to several state bodies.
(Photo of the document copying several state bodies)
A rival faction of football administrators reached an agreement on Saturday to remove Sierra Leone FA president Isha Johansen and her executive.
The stakeholders are getting the support from the government, who are now endorsing their nine-point resolution adopted through a teleconference call.
“I am directed to convey approval and endorsement of the Ministry of Sport/National Sports Council to the resolution adopted by the extra Ordinary Congress of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) represented by the forty (40) members of the Association on Saturday 20th December, 2014 in accordance with the SLFA constitution,” a statement by the National Sport Council reads.
“We fervently hope to see a new direction in the promotion and development of football in Sierra Leone and close cordial relationship with the Ministry of sports/national Sports council.”
Despite this solid endorsement behind the rival group, world governing body Fifa had warned that any decision taken by the faction will be null and void.
The SLFA had also disregarded the decision and confirmed that Mrs Johansen is still in charge of the FA.
Few months before Isha Johansen assumed office, the whole process of the Sierra Leone elections has been surrounded in controversy.
August 3, 2013 she was appointed despite continuous debate over eligible voting delegates in the local media.
The Sports Ministry and the world football’s governing body, Fifa, endorsed all decision despite cries of dubious act by the FA’s interim committee to disqualify Sierra Leone soccer legend Mohamed Kallon, Rodney Michael and Foday Turay from SLFA presidential race few days before election.
Nevertheless, the turmoil has been ongoing, accusations and counter-accusations, finger pointing, match-fixing allegation, deportation of journalists and officials to name a few.
The most embarrassing was the naming of two sets coaching staff by the Football Association (SLFA) and sports ministry to take charge of the national team matches in the qualifiers of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Cameroon October this year.
A move that left football fans at home and abroad in total disarray.
Sierra Leone played six scored 3 goals and conceded 14 goals, drew 1 and lost 5 with only a point.
By Alie Bittar