FIFA Dele To Jet In Soon


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Rahman Swaray has confirmed that a delegation from the world football governing body – FIFA will soon arrive in Sierra Leone to help implement the country’s roadmap on football.

According to the Information Minister, the roadmap was signed by the government, Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and FIFA to help in amicably resolving the current dispute among stakeholders in the country’s football discipline.

He furthered that the government will take the next step which is to hold a stakeholders’ meeting to engage the visiting FIFA delegation, adding that they will organize an Elective Congress that will eventually lead to the election of a new SLFA executive body.

Mr. Swarray further intimidated that the lifting of the ban by FIFA did not come as a surprise, as according to him, it was part of the government’s scrupulous approach in dealing with the football crisis they inherited from the past government.

He noted that the government for the first time in the country’s history sent the Vice President as Head of Delegation to FIFA in Zurich just to ensure that there is sanity in the discipline, adding that the government has also taken practical steps to improve on the game.

The Minister expressed dismay over the fact that for five years no Premier League was organized in the country but that with the coming of the ‘New Direction’ administration the game has been resuscitated and now playing all over the country.

The current Sierra Leone Premier League, the Minister said, has helped to create jobs and lot of opportunities for people who depend on it, adding that they will continue to constantly engage with the FIFA to make sure the best happens to the football family in the country.

He described the lifting of the ban by FIFA as a big relief to the country and people, as according to him, Sierra Leone can now take part in international matches, adding that it would also foster peace and development in the discipline.

He concluded by assuring the public that the government, through the Ministry of Sports would continue to engage stakeholders to ensure that the game regains its past glory.