February 20, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr
Sierra Leone’s Sports Minister, Paul Kamara, has urged the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) executive committee to set aside all obstacles which could derail the planned April 17-19 2015 extra-ordinary congress.
The warning by Minister Kamara, who also doubles as Chairman of the National Sports Council, came just six days after SLFA general secretary, Christopher Kamara, in a letter dated February 10 ordered members to regularise their status.
The SLFA scribe in his letter set out 10 conditions for clubs to fulfil by February 17 (date which has already lapsed) to enable them participate in the April congress which is scheduled for Makeni.
Some of the conditions cited were for members to fulfil the October 2010 signed Barmoi Declaration, which stated 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 have requisite administrative personnel, by the same time.”
Also, the letter urged members to meet all financial obligations going back five years, amounting to more than two hundred million Leones, amongst others.
However, chairman of the SLFA interim body, Alhaji Unisa Alim Sesay, as expected, has frowned at the SLFA correspondence, stating that the “Barmoi Declaration is not a determiner for congress”.
On their financial obligations, he said they have agreed at congress that such monies must be deducted from their allocations provided by FIFA.
Meanwhile, the Sports Minister in a letter signed by acting Director of Sports, Saidu Mansaray, stated that the issues raised in the SLFA letter to its members should be deferred until after the April congress.
The letter reads: “In order to get the SLFA to comply with the proposal of President Koroma – ‘the President of Sports Council’ – and in order not to prolong the impasse, the Minister of Sports acting in his capacity as Chairman of the National Sports Council hereby orders that [the] SLFA executive committee should set aside all obstacles which will ensure that the date of the extra-ordinary congress set by HE the President is maintained without pre-condition.”
“The issues raised in the said letter should be deferred until after the April congress when proper arraignments would have been made for their implementation,” Mansaray concluded.