FIFA’s Task Force To Storm Salone

The newly established Task Force Team for Sierra Leone set up by the world’s football governing body, FIFA is expected in Sierra Leone this week. The team which is led by the President of the Liberian Football Association (LFA), Musa Bility will have a conference with the Minister of Sports, officials of Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and football stakeholders on the way forward after a long-standing fracas within the football family.

The impasse in football continues unabated with parties to the conflict remaining recalcitrant to give in so easily despite efforts from FIFA and parliament.

Very recently, the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on sports invited the President of the Football Association, Madam Isha Johansen, the Minister of Sports, Ahmed Khanou and some stakeholders in a bid to resolve the protracted impasse.

However, the efforts of the MPs reportedly ended in a deadlock as none of the parties to the conflict was willing to resolve the matter. At the end of the day, Hon. Habib Kamara reportedly suggested that the matter, as it was, can only be handled by President Ernest Bai Koroma.

The FA President has insisted that integrity checks must be carried out on potential officials of the football Association whilst the Minister, on the other hand, though not opposed to integrity checks,  insists  that the FA President must also take the football family to the Ordinary Congress to give account for her stewardship. On a similar token, football stakeholders and club owners are pressing hard for an Elective Congress given that Madam Johansen’s tenure in office had expired since August this year.

It is not yet clear whether or not the visiting FIFA Task Force would be able to address all the issues on floor including the allege match fixing scandal which has had a very negative impact on the sport in the country.