January 20, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The world football governing body, FIFA, has urged the country’s football stakeholders to wait for the planned Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) January 30-31 congress to raise their concerns and take decisions.
In an exclusive interview with Concord Sports, a FIFA spokesman reaffirmed the federation’s stance that they only recognise the “impeached” Isha Johansen-led executive and not the Alhaji Unisa Alim ‘Awoko’ Sesay interim body.
“Once again we can only confirm that FIFA doesn’t recognise the outcomes of the so-called Congress of 20 December 2014. This has been notified to the respective authorities. We had taken note that the SLFA [would] convene a Congress on 30 and 31 of January 2015, which would be the appropriate place for the legitimate SLFA members to raise any concerns,” the FIFA spokesman stated and declined to make any further comment.
Meanwhile, the ‘Awoko’ Sesay-led interim executive – which has already gained recognition from the Sports Ministry and the National Sports Council – has reacted to this latest comment from FIFA.
According to Sesay, the proposed January congress is illegal because it does not fall under the ambit of the SLFA Statues.
He stated: “The said congress they are talking about is not in line with our SLFA constitution, and the dissolved SLFA executive does not have the locus to convey any congress.”