The Sierra Leone Football Association executive led by its president Isha Johansen on Monday rejected claims by the country stakeholders that on Saturday last week her executive is no more in charge in administering football and described their act as disgraceful and unlawful.
In a press release from the SLFA media department, the FA believes that “Members and stakeholders” gathering on the said date was unconstitutional.
FA release reads: “It has come to the attention of the Sierra Leone Football Association through media outlets around the country that an unlawful and unconstitutional clandestine gathering was held by certain members of the football fraternity referring to themselves as “Members and stakeholders” of the Sierra Leone Football Association on the 20th of December 2014 for the purpose of SLFA Extraordinary Congress and awareness raising events against the Ebola virus disease.
“The SLFA would like to inform the public that these persons sought the permission from the World football governing body FIFA and were rejected.
“In a similar vein, the inspector General of police rejected their application for clearance to hold the above gathering.
“In addition, the CEO of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) rejected their request to hold the same gathering, and furthermore the Sierra Leone Football Association of whom they claim to be members and stakeholders in, emphatically refused their request based on the fact there is a proposed and confirmed date for the convening of an ordinary congress to be held on the 29/30 January 2015 in Makeni by the Executive committee, and this had been communicated to them in August 2014.
“The SLFA view this recent act of defiance by these supposed stakeholders as a disgraceful and unlawful show of disrespect towards the government, the SLFA and the world governing body.
“The President of the FA madam Isha Johansen and her executive committee are still in office and will remain to do so under the legal mandate under which they have been elected.
The FA warns that “anyone who engages in any football-related activities for and on behalf of the Sierra Leone Football or the Association will be doing so at their own risk.”
The football stakeholders have expressed their optimism that their decision is final and would not change and according to them they have however notified Fifa and the African governing body, CAF of their decision.
Football Sierra Leone understands that the Ministry of Sports will be releasing a statement on the present impasse.
However, World football’s governing body Fifa few days ago has exclusively disclosed to footballsierraleone.net that a letter sent to the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), warning rival members of their actions.
Fifa maintained strongly that the SLFA’s decision to hold its annual Congress in January is fully recognized and not in December as demanded by other members, who are lobbying to implement certain reforms.