Sierra Leone undaunted despite cash flow confusion


* Sierra Leone has vowed to complete its Cup of Nations campaign despite conflicting reports and confusion over the government’s commitment to provide funding.

Photo:Leone Stars

* The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has denied that the government has ceased to sponsor its Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

On Tuesday the Sport Ministry had released a message which stated that the government will stop funding the country’s participation with two games remaining to play this month against Ivory Coast and Congo Democratic Republic respectively.

But the Secretary General of the SLFA has insisted that the government is still committed to support them for the remaining Group D qualifiers in which the Leone Stars are bottom with one point.

They have a very slim chance of qualifying and could only do so if they win both games.

The FA Secretary-General Chris Kamara has said: “the Government already approved our budget and the finance ministry has confirmed that money will be available to the FA.

“The Ministry has not accounted for a single penny given to them since Paul took over. it runs into billions. I can clearly state that since madam Isha came to power, the government of Sierra Leone has not given a cent to SLFA.”

In a correspondent signed by the Acting director of sports, Saidu B Mansaray, informing the team officials and players that there will be no funding for both matches.

The acting director correspondent reads: “We received information from State House that there will be no funding for the two remaining matches against Ivory Coast and DR Congo to be played in November 2014.

However, upon receiving the acting director correspondent, the Ministry legal Consultant Ibrahim Bangura messages stated:

“The Ministry of Sports has instructed us to inform all technical officials and players of the national team of Sierra Leone (Leone Stars) that the government of Sierra Leone will not be able to financially support our national team for the two matches against Ivory Coast and Congo in November 2014.”

“We therefore inform you all not to undergo any financial expenses as we will not be in position to refund air tickets or pay match allowances and all cost of accommodation.”

Meanwhile, Last month the Sierra Leone’s Sports Minister Paul Kamara suspended the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) appointed technical staff with three other officials from the Football Association (FA).

The suspension came after a row over coaching staff with the country’s Football Association (SLFA), and sports ministry announcing two separate sets of coaches to take charge of their qualifiers against Cameroon earlier last month a move that leaves Sierra Leone’s preparations in disarray.

Few days ago according to media report, the Minister of Sports, Paul Kamara and president of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Mrs. Isha Johansen boycotted a Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Sport summon to look into the impasse between the two institutions.

The Committee is expecting both Minister Kamara and SLFA boss Isha Johansen to parliament this week to settle the ongoing impasse.


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