The Sierra Leone National Sports Council (NSC) has said that the Football Association (SLFA) has been dissolved with immediate effect from Wednesday, December 9, 2015, and the Sports body also reinstated the seven-man committee that was recently banned by the Isha Johansen led executive.
“The Administration headed by Madam Isha Johansen is hereby dissolved with immediate effect.” Sports Council said in their release.
The Sports Council is the supreme regulator with a monitoring and control role over all sporting associations in the country.
FootballSierraLeone reports that FIFA will perceive this as government interference, but the sports body said the dissolution was in accordance with FIFA mandate after a seven-man committee was set up to identify the forty-seven voting delegates for a congress which is now overdue.
A Press Release issued and signed by the Director of Sports Ibrahim Bangura (pictured) also stated, “Shockingly and most unethical, the present administration of the SLFA dissolved the seven-man committee even though it was set up by FIFA and endorsed by the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma.”
“Now that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ban has been lifted and Sierra Leone will once again host international football matches, the National Sports Council believes that no individual or organization should hold football to ransom, therefore, the Sports Council has reinstated the seven-man committee who have the responsibility to run the affairs of football in the country and regularize the delegates.”
“The National Sports Council is inviting the seven-man committee to a meeting at the Bishop House, Siaka Steven Stadium on Thursday 10th December 2015 at 2:00 pm.”
Earlier this week, Sierraloaded published a story where the world football governing body, FIFA, stated that they are “monitoring the situation concerning the SLFA”.