The President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma has announced date for the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Congress in Freetown on April 17 and 18 2015, responding to meetings with rival factions on 26th and 28th January at State House .
As the head of the National Sports Council, this is the third time President Koroma has waded into the FA and its affiliates impasse to solve the uncertainty surrounding Isha Johansen in photo led executive.
All football Stakeholders should be ready to regularise their status in order to give legitimacy to participation in the Congress.
However, Rival members in their meeting few hours ago reportedly resolved not to take part in any football activities organized by the Madam Isha Johansen-led executive until after Congress.
Johansen, 50, became president of the Sierra Leone Football Association unopposed on 3 August 2013 after a controversial election.
The National Olympic Committee – Sierra Leone (NOC) is set to conduct the Congress and in the main time will be monitoring SLFA’s spending with the hope to avoid any further financial controversy.
The World football body (FIFA) last month swiftly rejected the unauthorised tele-congress held December 20, 2014 by Johansen’s rivals and threatened to suspend the country from international football unless they reverse their decision.
The General Public is hereby informed that following a protracted dispute between the executive of the Sierra Leone football association (SLFA) and Football Stakeholders represented by a nine-man interim committee, his Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in his capacity as President of the National Sports Council convened two meetings of the parties, at state house on 26th and 28th January, 2015 to resolve their differences and map the way forward.
The said meetings were attended by the Minister of Sports, the President of SLFA, chairman of the interim committee, inspector-general of police and the Secretary to the President.
It agreed as follows:
1. The SLFA Congress will be held from 17th to 18th April, 2015. All football stakeholders should regularise their status in order to give legitimacy to their participation in the Congress.
2. The status quo should be maintained for now by allowing the current SLFA executive to continue in office and carry on its work.
3. Concerning the administration of SLFA funds during the interim period until the said Congress, the president of the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone will act as a moral guarantor to ensure that expenditures are duly supportive of the SLFA’s avowed objective of promoting the game of football in the country.
28th January, 2015
State House Freetown