Government defends Sierra Leone FA dissolution


Photo:Al-Sankoh-Conteh talks to BBC Farayi Mungazi on state of football

The Deputy Minister of Sports Al-Sankoh Conteh has strongly defended government decision to dissolve the Sierra Leone Football Association executive committee.

The uncertainty and mayhem ripping through Sierra Leone football is setting a new stage many will live to remember.

The wrangling showing no sign of fading after rival member’s storm the FA secretariat on Wednesday demanding a lockdown.

“The action by the National Sports Council was necessitated after the Executive committee of the SLFA unilaterally dissolved a seven-man committee, which was set up following an agreement between FIFA and State House, SLFA and the aggrieved football stakeholders.” he said during an interview with the BBC focus on Africa, on the state of affairs in Sierra Leone football.

“The National Sports Council agreed to take such a decision to dissolved the executive committee of the Sierra Leone Football Association, in order to bring normalcy and stability among the football opposing factions and fans,”

Sankoh stressed “The action of imminent violence prompted the leadership of the Sierra Leone Police to intercept the moved by the stakeholders and closed the SLFA office, in order to allow for negotiation and peaceful settlement of the impasse,”

“The decision was reached following a Sports Council meeting, after confirming a report of an ugly incident of a standoff between the aggrieved football stakeholders across the country, who want to take possession of the SLFA Secretariat and staff of the SLFA Secretariat, who were opposed to such action.”

“The seven-man committee that was dissolved by the defunct SLFA executive committee has been reinstated by the National Sports Council to execute their functions as mandated to them by FIFA.”

He then promised that “The committee will identify the legitimate stakeholders and put a date for an elective congress within a three months period.”

However, the world governing football body (FIFA) is yet to react to the latest twist in Sierra Leone football.

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