Delegates to receive package on arrival
April 17, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The much anticipated Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) annual congress will get underway tomorrow and on Saturday in the northern city of Makeni but football stakeholders have been informed that they will only receive their delegate packages upon arrival.
However, the football stakeholders have opposed to such a move (collecting their packages on arrival) and the Western Area Football Association secretary general, Kasho J. Holland-Cole, was the first to express his dismay.
He told Concord Sports: “This is a very bad precedent. The delegates need to study the documents at least two weeks to the congress to enable them make informed decisions. We will be taking this up in congress because it is an abuse of the constitution.”
Another stakeholder who is also opposed to the decision is FC Kallon secretary general, Blamo Roberts, who said the action of the FA is a clear demonstration of its unwillingness to hold the congress.
Meanwhile, in a joint release issued on Thursday by the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SL) and the SLFA, it was stated that both parties have agreed that the NOC-SL president, Dr. Patrick Coker, will chair the congress’s proceedings.
The release reads: “The public is hereby notified that the SLFA president, Madam Isha Johansen and the NOC president, Dr. Patrick Coker have jointly agreed for Dr. Patrick Coker to chair the ordinary congress to be held in Makeni city on April 18. Please be informed that delegates will receive their parcels upon arrival in Makeni.”
The joint press statement came just 24 hours after the SLFA had distanced itself from an agreement last Monday at State House that all stakeholders must attend the said congress, including the Southern Region Football Association and East End Lions, who were said to have been suspended by the FA.