The Sierra Leone Sports Ministry and National Sports council has off today lifted the suspension of 15 players and officials that were suspended on allegation of match-fixing 2014.
The allegations relate to a Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa in 2008 which ended goalless. The Sierra Leone captain Ibrahim Kargbo in photo was among the15 suspended indefinitely.
The Ministry and National Sports council said in a statement address to the Sierra Leone Football Secretary General, Chris Kamara that, ”Has, with effect from Tuesday march 10th 2015, decided to lift the suspension of the following officials until further notice in connection with the above matter.”
The release further reads, “In support of the move by his Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma also President of the National Sports Council to solve the impasse in football and to ensure that the SLFA Congress scheduled for the 17th and 19th April, 2015 is devoid of any conditionalities, the Ministry of Sports/NSC has decided to lift the suspension imposed on the following officials until further notice.”
The Sierra Leone FA has not commented on the development.
In July last year, the SLFA and the Ministry of Sport said in a statement it had received “credible and tangible information” on the alleged involvement of the 15 in match-fixing.
The 15 are as follows, Abu Bakarr Kabba, Christian Caulker, Ibrahim Obreh Kargbo, Ibrahim Kamara, Samuel Barlay, Abdul Hamid Kanasieu Rollings, Alhaji Nasiru Deen Othman, Morrison Sannoh, Abdul Kabia, Sheriff Newland, Bernard Sorbeh, Alimamy K Foot Turay, Alphan S Koker, Victor Lewis, and Rodney Michael.