Government intervenes in SLFA impasse


A New Year’s Eve intervention by the Sierra Leone government has called for dialogue to end the power struggle at the football association. Photo: (SLFA boss, Johansen, Sports Minister, Paul Kamara)

In a meeting chaired by the Secretary to the President, Oshor Coker a decision was reached that all press release from various parties to be withdrawn and the Sierra Leone Police must stop all investigation against stakeholders in relation to the alleged gathering.

The meeting was attended by the Sierra Leone Football Association alleged erstwhile president, Isha Johansen, the interim stakeholders chairman, Alhaji Unisa Alim Sesay, the Police IG, Francis Allieu Munu and the Sports Minister, Paul Kamara.

Official sources indicated to this medium a date will be set under the supervision of an independent body to look into the impasse and settled for a new Congress, wherein all parties shall attend.

Another meeting was scheduled after the Secretary to President would have brief the President, for the final settlement of the impasse.

It could be recalled few weeks ago that football Administrators decided to remove the Sierra Leone FA boss Isha Johansen from power after an unofficial Congress conducted via a teleconference call.

According the stakeholders, this came as a result of the abnormality and serious lapses within the administration of Sierra Leone Football Association, the gross violations of its membership by the Executive Committee which has brought the loving game into disrepute.

Despite warning from the World football body FIFA that any decision taken would be null and void, but the sports ministry and National Sports Council endorsed the removal of Isha Johansen.

But the FA executive led by its president Isha Johansen rejected the claims and stated that the stakeholders act is unlawful and disgraceful.

However, the police in an unforeseen twist issued a statement calling on the group of stakeholders to rescind their decision to impeach Johansen and called for an investigation into whether an unlawful meeting took place, after the Police rejected clearance of such meeting.

Meanwhile, Since the stakeholders have resolved to oust sitting of the FA’s executive, FIFA is yet to come out with any reaction on the ongoing power struggle in Sierra Leone football.


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