Sports Minister bans football officials


OCTOBER 28, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.

Minister of Sports Paul Kamara has slammed an indefinite ban on the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) appointed technical staff of the national team alongside three other officials of the FA.

In a press statement signed by the minister and issued on Friday October 24, the national team coach John Ajina Sesay together with his assistant, Abdulai Kaloga and goalkeeper coach, Tamba Moses have all been banned from entering the Siaka Stevens Stadium with immediate effect.

The ban, according to the release, also affects the SLFA Technical Director, John Jebboh Sherrington, Executive Committee member Badara Tarawallie, and one Abdul Rahman Labay.

The release reads: “In connection with the CAF matches between Sierra Leone and Cameroon played in Yaoundé on the 11th and 15th October 2014, [the above named] officials of the SLFA who imposed themselves as officials of the Sierra Leone national team, Leone Stars without the knowledge and approval of the Ministry of Sports, are hereby banned from entering the Siaka Stevens Stadium with immediate effect until further notice.”

The release further states that the said action was prompted by an earlier correspondence, including a public notice, that was addressed to the SLFA to withdraw seven officials of the ministry from taking any part in the arrangement for the matches or interacting with the team.

“The rules of fair play or match-fixing do not permit the exchange of finance or arrangement between two competing teams or officials,” the release says.