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Sierra Leone football ‘Sonkor Sonkor’ continues?

June 16, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr

L. F. A. General Secretary, Chris Kamara
Secretary General of WAFA, Kashor Holland-Cole

Sierra Leone football Association (SLFA) and the Western Area Football Association (WAFA) could be heading for another tug of war, after the later admitted that they would not play any football competition until the former address several issue relating to the game.

The latest demand from WAFA came after the SLFA media department released a statement that a sum of Thirty Million Leones approximately (US$3,987) has been disbursed to all the four regional F.A. for the running of the 2017 regional female football league.

“The Sierra Leone Football Association has given subvention of Thirty-Six Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Leones [(US$4,818)] to each of the four regional Football Associations for the establishment of well-furnished Secretariat offices. The funding support from the F.A. is meant to develop the administrative aspect of the game across the country.

“In another development, the sum of Thirty Million Leones has been disbursed to each regional F.A. by the Sierra Leone Football Association for the running of the 2017 regional female football league. So far, the North and Eastern regions have commenced their female tournaments, whiles the Southern Region and the Western Area are expected to kick-start theirs soonest,” the SLFA media department release stated.

In an immediate reaction to the said release, Secretary General of WAFA, Kashor Holland-Cole, stated in a social media forum, WhatsApp that his Association would only play football if the F.A invites their chairman to all SLFA executive meetings and activities and  allow the judiciary bodies to start work amongst others.

The WAFA scribe stated: “The Western Area Football Association will not play any football until the following decisions are respected; Invite Foday Turay, WAFA chairman to all SLFA executive meetings and activities, judiciary bodies should start work, match-fixing allegations be investigated, payment of WAFA Le 24,000,000 for the last WAFA congress conducted, an ordinary congress should be held immediately and the payment of funds meant for the male divisional leagues.”

However, the F. A. General Secretary, Chris Kamara, in a reply to Holland-Cole posting said: “The SLFA will not listen to any cheap threats from nobody. This nonsense must stop. WAFA has received from the SLFA Le 66.5 million for the female league and Secretariat development respectively. And such funds will be accounted for and use for the purpose it is meant for.”

This latest dispute came just a month after the country’s President, Ernest Bai Koroma, urged football authorities, stakeholders to end the ‘sonkor sonkor’ in the game.

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