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Sports Ministry issues stern warning to SLFA

…orders them to halt all activities

March 16, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jnr

The National Sports Council (NSC), on the instructions of the Ministry of Sports, has issued what it describes as a final warning to the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) to put a stop to all their activities or face serious sanction from the NSC.

The NSC ordered the SLFA to halt all its activities until after the April 17-19 congress in Makeni.

The warning came just two days after the SLFA, in a correspondence dated March 9, 2015, informed the acting Director of Sports, Saidu Mansaray, that he has been appointed as a member of their newly setup match-fixing investigation committee.

In reply to the FA, Mansaray stated that they (Sports Ministry and Sports Council) were surprised at the rationale behind the appointment of such a committee when the SLFA is fully aware that such a committee had earlier being setup by the ministry.

The NSC letter to the SLFA reads: “The attitude of your association to this ministry is becoming most unacceptable as you continue to act arbitrarily in most matters without reference and consent of this Ministry/NSC, which your association is legally operating under as a member and a considerable amount of government money is spent annually towards the promotion of football in Sierra Leone.

“Decision taken by your association contrary to decision of the ministry on several matters is reaching a point where we may be left with no further alternative but to summon a meeting of the NSC members with the view to [taking] appropriate action in terms of your association’s behaviour.”

The acting Director of Sports further instructed the SLFA to cease all its activities until after the association’s April 17-19 congress in Makeni, which was ordered by President Ernest Bai Koroma, who is also President of the NSC.

The SLFA’s letter of appointment of a match-fixing investigation committee came just after they were informed by the Ministry of Sports/NSC that they have lifted the indefinite suspension slammed on four players and 11 officials on allegation of match-fixing.