Juxon-Smith decries Leone Stars political meddling

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Trans Africa Motorola boss Syl Juxon Smith believes Sierra Leone national team must be free from all “political meddling” that is one of the country’s ugliest problem in football.

Smith told Football Sierra Leone while reacting to Leone Stars poor outing and their in¬ability to be successful in the just concluded 2015 Africa Cup of nations qualifiers.

“First of all, sports must remain within the domain of its “letter and spirit” free from political interferences. SLFA must engage in a campaign of uniting all its members, clubs, and patrons,” said Smith.

“Obviously, the ministry must not interfere with the decisions of the body empowered to run the activity of football in the country.

“The ministry is an overseeing body which can exercise the right in auditing activities, but not imposing decisions.

“Collaboration is very important for maintaining harmony and stability within the football family.

“Sierra Leone needs a roadmap in a blueprint for football meeting 21st century challenges to make progress.

“It’s time for a paradigm shift in attitude and behaviors from all lovers of the game and time to make sacrifices as the key imperative for the way forward.

“Transparency must be the key to alleviate all suspicions and perceptions,” he reiterated.

However, fresh infighting between football Authorities is now a major concern for Sierra Leonean’s at home and abroad that want to see their national team excel in the big stage of African football.

But with the way the national bow-out of the 2015 campaign the Sierra Leone Football Association looks set for a showdown with some of its affiliates and members who are calling for congress on December 20, 2014.

Sierra Leoneans are beginning to be apprehensive about the continuous fall out between the Sports Ministry, the Football FA and its affiliates.

A report reaching this medium confirmed that the stakeholders have received the backing of the National Sports Council (NSC), who has urged the SLFA Executive Committee to respect the association’s constitution and convene an extra-ordinary congress on December 20, 2014.

By Alie Bittar

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018

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