February 27, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr
Members of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) have reacted to the FA’s call to regularise their status or risk missing out on the planned April 17-19, 2015 extra-ordinary congress.
The February 10, 2015 letters to clubs signed by the SLFA scribe had ordered the FA members to fulfill 10 conditions which will enable them participate in the April congress scheduled for Makeni.
Amongst the conditions cited are for members to fulfill the October 2010 signed ‘Freetown Declaration’ otherwise known as the ‘Barmoi Declaration’, which states that “All Premier League Clubs must contract their players/employees properly by December 2010. Contracts must include limited insurance cover for various categories of staff…and all Premier League Clubs [should] have requisite administrative personnel, by the same time.”
The SLFA letter also urged members to meet all their financial obligations going back five years, amounting to more than two hundred million Leones, amongst others.
With the deadline of February 17 for the fulfillment of the conditions already elapsed, the FA members in a recent correspondence signed by their chairman, Alhaji Unisa Alim ‘Awoko’ Sesay, stated that the said Freetown Declaration has no bidding effect to be used as prerequisite for members to participate in congress.
The letter reads: “The Freetown Declaration is the outcome of a club management course held in Freetown of which a number of benchmarks were set by all parties including FIFA/CAF, SLFA/Premier League Board, premier and division clubs. All parties concerned are yet to meet their voluntary commitments.”
The letter adds: “The Freetown Declaration has never been presented or adopted by congress and as such has no binding effect. Nevertheless, parties should aspire to meet their commitment.”
‘Awoko’ Sesay further stated that the SLFA membership is committed and has accepted the January 26 resolution that was agreed for the April congress, and will not allow anyone to derail the process to congress.