Over Suspension of S/Leone… Chief Minister Blasts FIFA


A meeting between 46 Stakeholders of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), the Association’s executive and the two Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) indictees in the persons of Madam Isha Johansen and Chris Kamara who are the association’s President and Secretary respectively ended successful yesterday at State House.

It could be recalled that the world football governing body, FIFA slammed suspension on Sierra Leone, calling on the government to reinstate Madam Isha Johansen and Chris Kamara before the said ban will be lifted.

Addressing the SLFA executive and stakeholders, the Chief Minister, Prof. David Francis categorically stated that no individual is bigger than Sierra Leone. “Let the legal process continue as we are not going to interfere. Sierra Leone is a sovereign state and it does not bow to any International pressure.

“FIFA is a corrupt institution. How dare FIFA to tell Sierra Leone to go against her own very laws,” the Chief Minister blasted, “those who believe FIFA is important, then, so be it. If ACC has asked both Madam Isha Johanssen and Chris Kamara to step aside in order to ensure a fair trial, so be it and we cannot as government bend our laws for anybody or the so-called FIFA/CAF.” The Chief Minister continued by stating that if the two suspended officials loathe the current government, then that is their right but that does not mean they should embarrassed it to the international stage.

The Government of Sierra Leone, he said, plans to sponsor a high-powered delegation including critical stakeholders, Madam Isha Johansen, Chris Kamara and some government officials to approach FIFA on the issue.

Meanwhile, the suspended President has been ordered by the Chief Minister to draft a letter of appeal to FIFA General Secretary for the lifting of the FIFA suspension.