October 25, 2018
By Sahr Morris Jnr
The World football governing body, FIFA, has included the Sierra Leone Football Association tussle on its 8th Council meeting, which will be held at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali City, Rwanda on October 26, 2018.
FIFA on Monday October 22 released the agenda for the next Council meeting of which Sierra Leone football issue was included in item 2.8 under the headline: “Ratification of the decision of the Bureau of the Council of 5 October, 2018, regarding the situation of the Sierra Leone Football Association.”
Earlier in October, FIFA suspended Sierra Leone from world football over claims of government interference. The suspension comes after an earlier letter from FIFA expressing “grave concern” about the removal of the football association president, Isha Johansen and the association’s General Secretary, Chris Kamara.
In a statement, FIFA said: “The Bureau of the FIFA Council decided today to suspend the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) with immediate effect due to government interference.”
The FIFA Council Meeting which will attract over 100 delegates from different confederations across the globe will also focus on issues pertaining to the development of football.
They will also discuss among others the preparation money, club benefits programme and prize money for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
Also, the meeting will among other key issues related to ratification of the decision of the Bureau of the Council on the change of structure of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Legacy Programme to be based on a specific contract of agreed objectives between FIFA and the Brazilian Football Association, decisions of the Bureau of the Council of 11 and 27 August 2018 regarding the situation of the Ghana Football Association, decision of the Bureau of the Council of 13 August 2018 regarding the situation of the Nigeria Football Federation, decision of the Bureau of the Council of 31 August 2018 regarding the situation of the Cameroonian Football Association.
The meeting will also amend the FIFA Forward Development Programme Regulations – Forward 2.0, appoint host for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019, host for the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2020 and approve regulations for the Olympic Football Tournaments Tokyo 2020.
Rwanda was chosen host for the 8th FIFA Council Meeting during FIFA’s first meeting of the year held in June in Bogotá, Colombia.
The FIFA Council (formerly the FIFA Executive Committee) is an institution of FIFA (the governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer).
It is the main decision-making body of the organization in the intervals of FIFA Congress. Its members are elected by the FIFA Congress. The council is a non-executive, supervisory and strategic body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football.