Despite all the challenges at world football’s own doorstep in Zurich, the infighting in the sport in Sierra Leone has not gone without notice by FIFA.
The world body has exclusively told footballsierraleone.net that they are “monitoring the situation concerning the SLFA”, answering a request by this website following last weekend’s controversial twist in the impasse.
The governing body of the sport has Sierra Leone very close within its sights after the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) reportedly banned a seven-man committee set up to regularise the status of voting delegates for a congress which is now overdue.
Fifa did not give any further information, but it is clear they are investigating the matter and will issue fresh directives to address the situation.
FIFA’s head of Member Associations Primo Carvaro and Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi had visited Sierra Leone when a committee was set up at State House by President Ernest Koroma with a task of finding a solution to the lasting infighting between the Isha Johansen led executive and some of its members but was unproductive.
Their visit came after the SLFA Congress was postponed in April after a row over the eligibility of some of the delegates who were expected to attend.
In December 2014, rival members who are seeking to overturn Johansen’s presidency saw their effort slammed by Fifa, who refused to recognise them.