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FIFA scribe to shun stakeholders on Sierra Leone visit

November 10, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Secretary-General of the world football governing body, FIFA, Fatma Samoura, would not be meeting with the membership of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), dubbed as the football stakeholders.

Madam Samoura, together with other officials, are expected to arrive in Sierra Leone on 15 November and would meet with the SLFA executive committee on arrival.

According to a correspondence confirming the visit, the FIFA officials would pay a courtesy visit to the President, His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma, the Minister of Sports, the Anti-Corruption Commission and the three-man SLFA match-fixing enquiry committee.

The letter which was signed by Madam Samoura herself reads: “ During this visit, we would like to pay courtesy visit to the President of Sierra Leone, H.E Ernest Bai Koroma, as well as the Ministry of Sports, the commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission and the three-person committee currently conducting the SLFA match-fixing enquiry.

“FIFA would like to demonstrate to the government of Sierra Leone that it is fully committed to supporting the development plans and programmes for football in Sierra Leone that have presented by the SLFA President Isha Johansen.”

With nothing mentioned about meeting with the football membership in the FIFA scribe’s correspondence, officials of the SLFA membership have confirmed that an emergency meeting has already been summoned on Friday, November 11 before coming out with an official statement on the issue.

Since her controversial election on August 3rd, 2013, Madam Isha Johansen’s administration has faced lots of tussles and disagreements with the football association’s members, who felt cheated during the August 3rd polls.

Presently, eight out of 14 Premier League teams, who boycotted the FA Cup won by the SLFA boss’ team, FC Johansen, are currently participating in their own parallel league, but the SLFA Director of Competitions, Sorie Ibrahim Sesay, in October confirmed that plans were underway for revival of the domestic league for the first time since the Ebola outbreak.

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