FIFA & CAF mission to resolve Salone football impasse


By Sahr Morris Jr. June 30, 2015

The Members Association department of the world football governing body, FIFA has confirmed that a planned FIFA & CAF mission will soon arrive in Sierra Leone in order to resolve the ongoing problems in the country’s football.

The planned visit by the FIFA & CAF mission comes in the wake of President Ernest Bai Koroma’s call in June this year for FIFA to send a special team in Freetown in order to address the ongoing football debacle in the country.

President Koroma, who also doubles as President of the National Sports Council, in his letter to FIFA, reiterated the issue of the ongoing impasse and cited the lack of resolution, which was attempted at a failed scheduled congress in Makeni back on April 17th.

The letter urged FIFA to resolve the problem at hand and allow football activities to resume in the country without hindrance.

Meanwhile, the FIFA Members Association department finally confirmed their planned mission to Sierra Leone in a correspondence to the Alhaji Unisa Alim ‘Awoko’ Sesay SLFA faction.

“We acknowledge receipt of your e-mail and, despite FIFA usually not communicating directly with members of a football association, we inform you that we have been monitoring the situation. As a matter of fact, we are in contact with the Presidential office in order to organize a FIFA/CAF mission soon,” the email reads.

The reaction from the FIFA Members Association department came after Sesay’s recent email informing them (FIFA) of a possible redress at the FIFA Ethics Committee.

Sesay’s letter reads: “Without prejudice to any line of action, the membership would wish to adopt to redress their grievance with the appropriate structure within FIFA. Please be informed that this email serves as a notification that this matter will be referred to the Ethics Committee, indicting the Secretariat for conspiring to bring this beautiful game into disrepute.”