Sports Ministry writes FIFA
January 15, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The Ministry of Sports, through the National Sports Council (NSC), has reacted to the world football governing body, FIFA’s stance on the impasse between the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) interim executive recently set up by football stakeholders in the country and the “dissolved Isha Johansen-led executive”.
The ministry urged FIFA to urgently send a delegation to Freetown “to verify the ongoing situation in the country”.
The letter, which was signed by the Director of Sports, Saidu Mansaray, stated that their correspondence to FIFA came after the world body’s correspondence to the SLFA dated January 8, 2014 that they did not recognise the Alhaji Unisa Alim ‘Awoko’ Sesay interim executive.
“Our attention has been drawn to your later dated January 8, 2014 in which you indicated that the interim committee appointed by the members of SLFA is not recognised by FIFA,” the letter reads.
“The Sports Council, acting in accordance with the National Sports Council Act of 1964, which provides for the control of sports in Sierra Leone, approved that the resolution by the SLFA members dated December 20, 2014 was agreed upon in accordance with the SLFA Constitution [and] by the majority of the legitimate members of the SLFA.”
The Director of Sports further stated that the decision by the SLFA members was in conformity with the provisions in the SLFA and FIFA constitutions, and that the information given to FIFA by the SLFA General Secretary that the members were not legitimate was misleading.
“We want FIFA to reverse its decision regarding the non-recognition of the SLFA interim executive and also to stop [sending correspondences] to Madam Isha Johansen and Christopher Kamara,” the letter reads.
Meanwhile, FIFA is yet to confirm receipt of the ministry’s letter and responding to it.