The much anticipated Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Congress will go ahead this weekend in the country’s fourth largest city Makeni.
Dr Patrick Coker, President of the National Olympic Committee to chair the congress which will begin on Friday 17 April and will close on Sunday.
It was unanimously agreed on Monday, after a meeting at State House chaired by the Secretary to the President, that there will be an open session at which the Honourable minister of Sports, Paul Kamara first in photo will give his address.
The closed session will follow to which all SLFA delegates from the four regions will participate.
The State House meeting was attended by the president of National Olympic Committee (NOC), the Ministry of Sports, Sports Council and the entire SLFA fraternity representatives.
Head of State Ernest Bai Koroma had fixed the date for the congress after responding to meetings with rival factions in January.
The decision came following a protracted impasse between rival factions at the FA. And as the head of the National Sports Council, this is the third time President Koroma has waded into the FA and its affiliates to resolve the power struggle aimed at ousting the Isha Johansen led SLFA executive.
The World football body FIFA swiftly rejected the unauthorized tele-congress held December 20, 2014 by Johansen’s rivals and threatened to suspend the country from international football unless they reverse their decision.
Johansen, 50, in photo became president of the Sierra Leone Football Association unopposed on 3 August 2013 after a controversial election.
By Alie Bittar