The Football Governing body in Sierra Leone (SLFA) has said in a press release dated 29th September 2014 signed by the General Secretary Chris Kamara that they will not be able to endorsed the three appointments made by the Sierra Leone Sports Ministry to take charge of the national team in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Yaoundé this month. (Photo: Sports Minister Paul Kamara)
According to the press release, it stated that recommendation and appointment by the Ministry of Sports was supported by the SLFA on condition that Atto Mensah, John Sama and Christian Dauda Thompson satisfied the regulations and qualifications as stipulated by CAF and FIFA.
The football body pointed these conditions have not been meets and they are still awaiting evidence of the coaching credentials for Atto Mensah (B Coaching License) and documents submitted to the SLFA by the ministry of Sports regarding Mr Sama clearly shows he is not in possession of a coaching B Licence.
They are also issuing warning to all clubs associated players or individuals not to deal with Christian Dauda Thompson who was appointed as Team Manager of the Leone Stars by the Ministry.
Meanwhile, going by the latest social media post on the Sierra Leone Football Association official facebook page in which the FA has now stated that “It has received the CV and copies of Certificates for Atto Mensah from the Ministry of Sports on Tuesday September 30 at exactly 14:25 hours.
“The SLFA would like to thank the Ministry of Sports and Mr Atto Mensah for this submission albeit after a long and strenuous effort to extract this important information from both Mensah and the Ministry of Sports.
However, the FA would also like to inform the general public that in spite of the delay and the fact that the CAF deadline date has expired, the FA will proceed through the process of due diligence with regards to the authenticity of Mr Mensah’s CV and Certificates while the FA still stood it grounds with regards to John Sama’s appointment as Assistance Coach.
The embarrassment between the Sports Ministry and the SLFA continued as this is not the first controversy between the two institutions.
Minister Kamara was several times in conflict with the previous administration over the appointment of coaches for Leone Stars and the running international matches.