The Sports Ministry of Sierra Leone refused to recognize 62 year old Ghanaian Sellas Tetteh as the new coach of the senior national football team of Sierra Leone a day after his appointment by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).
Tetteh was selected over the the likes of Goran Stevanovic, Peter Butler, Tahseen Jabbary and John Keister.
A Statement from the SLFA confirmed Tetteh as the chosen candidate on Tuesday.
“After a thorough interview process by the Sierra Leone FA (SLFA) head coach Recruitment Committee and based on scores earned by the various candidates, the executive committee of the Football Association wishes to announce to the general public and football family the appointment of Mr Sellas Tetteh Teivi as the head coach of the national senior team Leone Stars.”
The Sierra Leone Sports Ministry publicly distanced themselves from the appointment of the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup winner and issued an official statement through a letter asking for the appointment to be terminated on Wednesday.
In a defiant move, the SLFA has officially registered Mr Sellas Tetteh with FIFA to be their head coach and representative who will join other head coaches and team captains from the rest of the world to vote for the FIFA Player of the Year award.
Tetteh is expected to oversee Sierra Leone’s 2021 AFCON and 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
His first competitive game as head coach will be against Liberia in a World Cup 2022 preliminary round qualifier in Monrovia on March 4, 2020.
Sierra Leone have always been in trouble waters with FIFA as a result of state interference in the running and management of football.
This looks to be another case that will attract the FIFA sledgehammer.