By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) president, Isha Johansen and her Executive Committee will today face the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Sports.
The SLFA authorities were summoned by the committee in order for them to brief parliament on the development of football in the country and the relationship between them and the Sports Ministry.
In a letter dated May 23 and signed by the committee’s clerk, Mapeka M. Hanson on behalf of the Clerk of Parliament, the SLFA president and her executive are expected to report by 2:00pm today.
The letter reads: “Pursuant of section 93 subsection (3) and (6) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone (Act No. 6 of 1991), I am directed to summon you and the management of the Sierra Leone Football Association to a meeting with the members of parliament in Committee Room No. 1 at parliament building on Thursday 29 May 2014 at 2: 00pm.”
The purpose of the meeting could not be unconnected to the recent summoning, by the same committee, of Sports Minister Paul Mohamed Kamara who last Friday told parliamentarians that the executive of the SLFA were involving in match fixing in all categories of the national teams; a development the minister said would taint the image of the country.
Minister Kamara maintained that the current SLFA executive is in close ties with a powerful global match-fixer, Wilson Raj Perumal, who is renowned for fraud.
It could be recalled that Kamara has been at daggers’ drawn with the SLFA led by Isha Johansen following the 2-0 defeat of the Shooting Stars by their Ghanaian counterparts in Bo, thus prompting the minister to sack the entire technical team, although the FA refused to sack the latter and later went to Ghana with the same technical team.