Fifa sets new plan to end deadlock in Sierra Leone

Football’s world governing body has redesigned the roadmap to heal the bitter and protracted rift in the game in Sierra Leone.

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The national premiership league has not been played in the country for three years under the executive of Africa’s only woman FA head Isha Johansen. Her leadership was disputed by rival members and a power struggle ensued since 2014.

In a communique issued by the task force, the following points were agreed upon:

The SLFA should adopt the FIFA code of ethics, with FIFA supporting this process.

The members of the judicial bodies elected on the 23rd March 2017 should undergo integrity checks conducted by FIFA as defined by FIFA Ethics Committee.

An extraordinary congress to be held with two items to be discussed on the agenda (A) to adopt the new SLFA Code of Ethics (Based on FIFA code of Ethics), (B) to revise the SLFA statutes and include integrity checks requirements for potential candidates.

  • Following the Extraordinary Congress, the SLFA shall organise Ordinary Congress in order to select their Electoral Board in preparation for the SLFA elections and to present any relevant statutory reports.
  • The Match-Fixing Commission should hand over to FIFA all files and evidence linked to match-fixing in Sierra Leone football. Fifa will then decide how to proceed.
  • The government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Sports undertakes to enforce its ban on betting on local football matches and to support any sanctions that may be taken by FIFA and SLFA against those who are found guilty of match-fixing.
  • The government through the Minister of sports will ensure the smooth and uninterrupted operations of the SLFA.

slconcordtimes.com

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