March 6, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The Southern Region Football Association has refuted claims by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) secretariat that they had withdrawn their membership and association from the FA.
The region’s move to dispel the claims came after the FA general secretary, Chris Kamara, in a recent correspondence dated February 26, 2015, stated that the Southern Region Football Association had withdrawn their membership and association from the SLFA.
In an exclusive interview with Concord Sports, Chairman of the Bo District Football Association (BDFA), who is also a member of the Southern Region FA, Kofi Deen Nyarko, dismissed the claims, saying “the SLFA general secretary always talks like that”.
According to Nyarko, withdrawing their representative, Samuel Kamara, from the football association executive committee “does not imply we are not part of the SLFA”.
“This shows that Chris Kamara is a novice, he knows nothing about the SLFA constitution,” charged the BDFA boss. “Withdrawing our representative from the SLFA executive committee does not imply we’ve withdrawn our membership from the FA.”
He further explained: “In a 28th August 2014 correspondence, we informed the FA that we are withdrawing our representative from the executive committee until it addresses several issues, and notably amongst these was for them to either set up a committee or lift the ban against our members for allegation of match-fixing, for which they are yet to produce any evidence.
“Our letter was replied to on September 10, 2014 informing us that we have withdrawn our membership from the FA. We wrote them again to inform them that the withdrawal of our representative or a single person does not affect the entire region.”
Edison Sharkah – who is also a member of the Southern Region FA – has backed his compatriot, saying “the SLFA is making a big mistake”.
“We are still part of the FA and we will only have our representative reinstated or be part of the executive committee after our concerns have been addressed,” he insisted.