• Stakeholders call for an extraordinary congress
Critics of the Sierra Leone Football Association are calling for an extraordinary congress to be held on Saturday 20th December, 2014.
Executive Members of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) The stakeholders have said in a Press Release 18 November 2014 that they have unanimously resolved to invoke Article 28 of the SLFA’s Statutes.
According to the Stakeholders, this came as a result of the abnormality and serious lapses within the administration of Sierra Leone Football Association, gross violations of its statutes and the total disregard of the membership by the Executive Committee which has brought the game into disrepute.
During the meeting that was held November 16, 2014 at the Siaka Steven Stadium, the stakeholders also look into issues surrounding the deadly Ebola virus that is affecting Sierra Leone and West Africa.
The released Reads, “members of the Sierra Leone Football Association at a Stakeholders Consultative Meeting held at the Siaka Stevens Stadium on Sunday 16th November, 2014 has unanimously resolved to invoke Article 28 of the Sierra Leone Football Association Statutes to convey an extraordinary congress to be held on Saturday 20th December, 2014.
According to them, “The Agenda suggested for the Extraordinary Congress is to discuss the conduct and activities of the Football Association for the period 3rd August, 2013 to date”.
In conclusion, members resolved as follows:- (I) A Committee of eleven (11) members was elected headed by Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai including the four Regional Chairmen representing their various Regional Football Associations and six other members to spearhead and coordinate the campaign on the fight against EBOLA.
(II) A Steering Committee was elected and mandated to pursue the convening of an “extraordinary” congress pursuant to the provision of article 28 of the SLFA statutes on Saturday 20th December, 2014 at the Siaka Stevens Stadium, Brookfields, Freetown to discuss the conduct and activities of the SLFA and other related matters therein.
(III) The Steering Committee was also mandated to liaise with the relevant authorities including SLFA, FIFA, CAF, the National Sports Council of Sierra Leone and other Football Confederations, etc.
Copies of the Release was also sent to the General Secretary of FIFA Mr. Jorome Valcke to informed FIFA accordingly. To General Secretary, CAF, General Secretary, UEFA, the President, SLFA and the Director of sports, National Sports Council.
The Sierra Leone Football Association is unavailable to comment.
By Alie A Bittar