Sierra Leone Football Association gets banned by FIFA over government interference

Sierra Leone Football Association gets banned by FIFA over government interference

The FIFA council decided on Friday to suspend Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) with immediate effect due to government interference in the running of the game.

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The ban was issued after the country's Anti-Corruption Commission removed SLFA President Isha Johansen and General Secretary Christopher Kamara from office.

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The ban was issued after Anit-corruption Commission barred SLFA President Isha Johansen and General Secretary Christopher Kamara were removed from office.
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According to a statement issued by FIFA, the ban will only be lifted once SLFA and its recognised leadership led by Kamara have confirmed to FIFA that they have been reinstated.

"The suspension will be lifted once the SLFA and its recognised leadership have confirmed to FIFA the SLFA administration, premises, accounts and communication channels are under their control once again," the statement read in part.

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The ban in layman's terms, means that Sierra Leone will not be able to participate in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.

FIFA had already sent a letter to Sierra Leone's Minisrty of Sports expressing grave concern over government interference in the SLFA.

Sierra Leone FA gets banned by FIFA handing Kenya golden chance at 2019 AFCON

In retrospect, this hands Kenya the golden opportunity of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 after managing to defeat Ghana in their last game.
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"The SLFA's national and affiliated club teams are no longer entitled to take part international competitions until the suspension is lifted," it stated.

Above that, Neither the SLA nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programmes, courses or training from FIFA or CAF.

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