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Stakeholders to boycott SLFA activities

January 28, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr

Football stakeholders have in a meeting reportedly resolved not to take part in any football activities organized by the Madam Isha Johansen-led Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) executive until after congress.

The said decision was reached just 24 hours after President Ernest Bai Koroma had hosted the fighting parties to a meeting to resolve the impasse within the football family. The President was said to have ordered a new date for the congress.

According to sources close to the football stakeholders, they were happy for the timely intervention of the President and are looking forward to the new congress date which is expected to be announced by State House following an agreement by both parties that the President should fix a date for the holding of the congress.

“For the good of the game and for sanity to be restored in football which we all love and spend our money on, we have decided not to take part in any activities organized by the Isha Johansen administration until after congress,” a football stakeholder who spoke to Concord Sports quoted the 9-man interim committee to have resolved.

It could be recalled that on Monday January 26, President Koroma as head of the Sierra Leone National Sports Council, expressed serious dissatisfaction over the state of football in the country, a development he said “is not good for the image of the country”.

It was on this note that he invited the Minister of Sports Paul Kamara, SLFA president Isha Johansen, rival chairman Alhaji Unisa Alim ‘Awoko’ Sesay, and the Inspector General of Police Francis Munu to a meeting at State House to resolve the simmering power struggle in the football family.

It was reported that after the mediating meeting, it was agreed that a new congress be staged but there was disagreement over the date with Sports Minister Paul Kamara and Alim Sesay proposing February, whilst Madam Johansen suggested April.

The disagreement led President Koroma to inform all parties that he will fix a date for the congress taking into consideration security and health issues in the country. All parties agreed to this proposal.

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