January 12, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The ongoing dispute between the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and its members continues with the elected Interim Chairman, Alhaji Unisa Alim ‘Awoko’ Sesay, lambasting the world governing body, FIFA.
Sesay’s attack on FIFA came just days after the world body rejected his nine-man interim body which was elected last month in an extra-ordinary tele-congress staged in Freetown. FIFA was responding to Awoko’s January 6, 2015 letter seeking the support of the world governing body.
In their reply, the FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke, stated that Sesay’s interim executive is not recognized by FIFA, adding that as a general principle, FIFA only communicates with its member association and through the SLFA representatives which are the President, Isha Johansen and General Secretary, Christopher Kamara.
However, in reaction to FIFA’s letter, Sesay stated that they will never reverse their decision because they never violated the Art. 17 mentioned by FIFA in their letter.
“The Art. 17 par 3 of the FIFA Statutes talks about the membership and we are the bona fide members of the SLFA. We own the SLFA and we have spoken, and nothing will change our decision,” Sesay said in defiance.
He added: “FIFA’s position will not change anything and under the same Art. 17, they are now violating the Statutes because their action now is third party interference because this is an internal matter that must be resolved internally.”
The founder and owner of Premier League club, Anti Drugs FC further stated: “I will reply [to] FIFA accordingly and tell them to mind their business because we are club owners and we know what suits us and what is affecting us. Nothing will change our decision.”