The crisis rocking football in Sierra Leone has taken a turn for the worse after an unexpected protest took place during the Fifa visit.
34 out of 47 stakeholders who claimed to have dissolved the Isha Johansen led executive last year a move that was swiftly rejected by FIFA has on Saturday, August 29th closed the FA headquarters.
Police were called in to quell a protest by rival football faction in Sierra Leone during a visit by Fifa intended to put an end to the power struggle in the country’s football association.
However, the Peaceful protest which brought together Football stakeholders, Football Supporters, football Players, former national football players, and Coaches started from the National Stadium to the FA headquarter and ended at the Hotel Barmoi were Primo Corvaro and Ghanaian FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi were meeting with the two parties.
At a Press conference Chairman of the interim committee Alhaji Alim Sesay stated ‘the demonstration came about when FIFA’s head of Member Associations Primo Corvaro imposing to the FA rivals on Friday that they should allow madam Johansen to complete her remaining two years in office.’
Awoko the veteran football stakeholder maintained that ‘this is a clear manifestation that the FA executives are not ready to put an end to the impasse in the country’s football.’
President Koroma invited the World football governing body (FIFA) to Freetown to mediate talks between the two fractions after he fruitlessly tried several times in the last two years to solve problems within the SLFA.
Meanwhile Primo Corvaro and Kwesi Nyantakyi were sent by FIFA on a task of finding a solution to the lasting infighting between Isha’s led executives and affiliates but the aggrieved stakeholders are accusing both men of backing the Johansen’s executives.
Football Sierra Leone tried to reached the SLFA boss Madam Isha Johansen and FA scribe Chris Kamara at the Hotel Barmoi both decline from any form of interview but rather said they are going to make a formal report to the Inspector General of Police Francis Munu, Whiles Primo and Kwesi Nyantakyi were rush out of the hotel to an unknown destination.
By Prince Scott