Over Bilili Bangura transfer issue…


Harnosands FF exposes SLFA lies?

April 7, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Goran Dahlberg, president of the Swedish Division 2 Norrland team Harnosands FF, has dismissed claims by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) that an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) was never requested for FC Kallon midfielder, Mohamed ‘Bilili’ Bangura.

The young midfielder has been with the Swedish Division 2 side under trials since January, and having impressed the technical staff, an agreement for a season long loan deal between Harnosands FF and FC Kallon has been agreed.

Despite an agreement being reached by both clubs, the player is yet to officially complete his loan move to the Swedish outfit due to the refusal of the SLFA to issue an ITC despite request by both Harnosands FF and FC Kallon.

However, SLFA scribe Chris Kamara has denied on social media that such a request was made. He posted on the Airtel Football WhatsApp group: “There is nothing to confirm or deny because such request never came, and the very player and club should be in [a] position to tell the truth.”

Also, SLFA communication officer, Abu Bakarr Kamara, re-echoed to Concord Sports his secretary general’s sentiment, further noting that there was also an issue of passport regarding the player’s move.

“At first we received a request from FC Kallon for recommendation but the FA refused because there was an issue regarding the player’s passport. And for the ITC, we never received any request,” Kamara said.

However, the Harnosands FF president told Concord Sports in an exclusive interview that after one month of discussions with FC Kallon, they had resolved the situation regarding the player’s transfer and did register him under the Transfer Matching System (TMS) for a loan during the football season of 2015.

“Every document for the TMS was uploaded about the 20th of March, and on the 24th of March the Swedish FA requested for the ITC delivery from the Sierra Leone FA but so far no answer from SLFA,” Dahlberg said. “Bangura has told me that both he and Mohamed Kallon (owner of FC Kallon) has tried several times to make the SLFA to answer the ITC but nothing has happened so far.”

He added that the current deadlock means the player can’t play official matches for them.

Dahlberg further revealed that Goran Blomgren working for the Swedish FA has said that the TMS system will automatically make the ITC delivery in a couple of weeks if the SLFA doesn’t do their job.

He said: “For now we can’t do anything else but to wait for this automatical ITC delivery. So we hope that Bangura will be ready to play for us when the league starts on the 11th of April.”

Bangura, who can player either as a defender or midfielder, has enjoyed several outings with the Sierra Leone youth teams, having played for the U-20, U-23 and the home-based national team.

He was also part of the team that played two international friendly matches against Iraq in Turkey and Jordan in Amman.