SLFA reinstates 7-man working group


January 26, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.

The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Executive Committee has reinstated the seven-man working group which it dissolved on 3rd December 2015 on the pretext that the committee was working beyond its mandate.

The committee, which was jointly set-up by the SLFA executive and aggrieved stakeholders, is vested with the task of validating delegates within the football fraternity ahead of the association’s next congress.

In a letter dated January 20 and signed by the SLFA general secretary, Chris Kamara, the committee members were informed about the executive committee’s decision to reinstate them and also inviting them to a general meeting on Thursday January 28.

The letter reads: “I am directed by the executive committee of the SLFA to write and inform you that the seven-man SLFA working group that was dissolved…[has been] reinstated with immediate effect upon the pronouncement by His Excellence the President.

“However, you are kindly invited to a meeting with the executive committee of SLFA on Thursday 28th January 2016 at 11:00am at the secretariat, Kingtom. The key item on the agenda is to discuss the revised budget and clearer methodology to be used in identifying and verifying the 47 delegates of the SLFA in all the districts and regions across the country.”

The earlier decision to dissolve the said working group prompted a day’s peaceful demonstration by the football stakeholders at the SLFA football academy, Kingtom in Freetown. The protest led the National Sports Council and the Sports Ministry to dissolve the Isha Johansen-led SLFA administration.

Moreover, the Ministry of Sports’ resolve to disband the Johansen administration also saw the world football governing body FIFA issuing a strongly-worded letter dated 11th December 2015, asking the ministry to reverse their decision and allow Madam Johansen and her staff access to the SLFA offices or face an immediate ban.

The issue was settled following the intervention of President Koroma, who interceded and asked the ministry to reinstate the SLFA executive in a bid to avoid an international ban.