March 22, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr
Reaction from the chairman Mago & Sports minister after SLFA boycott
Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) on Tuesday boycotted the inaugural ceremony of the newly elected Western Area Football Association (WAFA) executive which took place at the Siaka Steven Stadium presidential lounge in Freetown.
The total absence of SLFA officials or their representatives was noticed when they were called upon to deliver a statement as the parent football governing body in the country.
“We are calling on SLFA to make a statement,” Mago announced, and after few seconds without a semblance of any executive member or a secretariat staff, he further asked: “do we have any representative from SLFA.”
The no show-up from the SLFA was received by a surprise high table which included the Sports minister, Ahmed Khanou, his deputy, Ishmael Al Sankoh Conteh, and the Director of Sports, Ibrahim Bangura and the WAFA chairman, Foday Turay.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Jatu-a secretariat staff at WAFA confirmed that an invitation was sent to the SLFA secretariat a week before the said ceremony.
“We did deliver the invitation to the SLFA secretariat that was why we do add them in our program. The only people we called via mobile phones were the respective divisional club,” Jatu said.
Meanwhile, the SLFA cannot respond or react to the said issue, and the newly appointed head of media and marketing, Ibrahim Kamara aka IBK ,could not respond, but promised to react to the issues and other related information that were sought.
Foday Turay’s executive were elected in office on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 in a keen contested election which was postponed over six times.
WAFA is the largest constituency body under the SLFA.