Sierra Leone suspend top coach after mystery tape goes viral


John Jebbor Sherrington has been suspended by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), pending an investigation after a leaked mysterious recording emerged of him allegedly having a verbal altercation with the country’s sports minister.

The 63-year-old technical director was recently given the task to take charge of Sierra Leone in their opening campaign of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan.

In the recording, voices purported to allegedly be that of Sherrington and Minister Paul Kamara both exchanged insults and expletives and threatening to confront each other physically.

The said leaked phone conversation between the two football personalities in Sierra Leone was distributed between 19th and 21st June 2015 on social media as well as electronics and print media worldwide. But according to the FA, the incident took place in October last year.

The FA has issued a statement stating that it will investigate the matter.”The Executive Committee is convinced that, his (Sherrington) being in office will jeopardise the investigation into the ‘leaked’ audio altercation between the Minister of Sports, and technical Director,” according to the FA’s release.

Sherrington is now battling to avoid dismissal from his role in the FA and will have to prove himself to the investigation committee comprising of the FA vice president, Brima Mazola Kamara, (pictured) who will serve as Chairman, Harold Nat-Johnson and Brima Jalloh.

By Alie Bittar


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