The Sierra Leone’s Sports Minister Paul Kamara has suspended the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) appointed technical staff with three other officials from the Football Association (FA). Photo, Minister Paul Kamara.
His suspension came after a row over coaching staff with the country’s Football Association (SLFA), and sports ministry announcing two separate sets of coaches to take charge of their qualifiers against Cameroon earlier this month a move that leaves Sierra Leone’s preparations in disarray.
John Ajina Sesay and his assistants were in charge of the Sierra Leone Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Cameroon, regardless of the Sports ministry-back Mensah had been in charge of the team’s training sessions in Yaoundé prior to their first leg tie.
The Minister has on Friday levy an indefinite ban on John Ajina Sesay, Abdulai Kaloga and goalkeeper coach-Tamba Moses from entering the Siaka Steven Stadium with immediate effect.
In a press statement signed by the minister, the national team coach, John Ajina Sesay together with his assistant, Abdulai Kaloga and goalkeeper coach-Tamba Moses were all ban from entering the Siaka Steven Stadium with immediate effect.
The ban also affects the SLFA technical director, John Jebboh Sherrington, SLFA executive committee member-Badara Tarawallie and one Abdul Rahman Labay.
The release reads: “In connection with the CAF matches between Sierra Leone and Cameroon played in Yaoundé on the 11th and 15th October 2014, (above named) officials of the SLFA who imposed themselves as officials of the Sierra Leone national team, Leone Stars without the knowledge and approval of the Ministry of Sports are hereby banned from entering the Siaka Steven Stadium with immediate effect until further notice.”
The release further stated that the action was as a result of earlier correspondence including a public notice that was addressed to SLFA to withdraw the seven officials for them not to take part in the arrangement of the match or interact with the team.
“The rules of fair play or match-fixing do not permit the exchange of finance or arrangement between two competing team and officials,” the release further reads.
Meanwhile, The Sierra Leone Football Association media are unavailable to comment.