By AFESEH APONG
Sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.
Members of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), have written to the world’s football governing body FIFA, to complain about what they describe as “Two years of undue stay in office and constitutional violations by the Isha Johansen’s led executive.
In a letter dated October 3, 2019, addressed to the Secretary General of FIFA by Idrissa Tarawally, on behalf of the Sierra Leone Football Association Membership, he drew the attention of FIFA on the need to redress the mechanism within Sierra Leone football.
The letter cited article 58 of the SLFA constitution, that stipulates that judicial bodies are to be elected by Congress, which was done in the only Congress ever convened by the Johansen’s led executive, in 2017, though they say the bodies have not been functional till date. They also raised the issue of the ordinary Congress for the election of new officials, which is supposed to hold every four years, but the last time that happened, was in 2013.
The letter also talked about a FIFA decision of 2017, extending the tenure of the Isha Johansen led executive indefinitely, and since then no official communication has been made, which to the SLFA members is in violation of the statute of SLFA.
Isha Johansen and her bureau have also been accused of not presenting the budget and financial report to members through congress, since 2013. The Method used in promoting teams to the Sierra Leone top flight, by the present executive, has also raise eyebrows, as the Johansen led bureau, is accused of adding two teams to the the Sierra Leone premier league, from one geographical area, instead of going by the usual playing merit system.
The mandate of the executive committee headed by Isha Johansen, is said to have expired two years ago, and SLFA members through the letter, called on FIFA to set up a normalization committee, that will take the membership to Congress in conformity with article 8 (2) of FIFA’s statutes, which states that “executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office, in consultation with the relevant bodies and replaced by a normalization committee for a specific period of time“.
These many issues they say constitute a serious blight to Sierra Leone football. Our sources have also indicated that there were demonstrations in Freetown, against the current Sierra Leone Football executives.
A year ago, Sierra Leone was suspended from the international scene, following months of wrangling which saw the country’s anti_graft body launched an investigation against the FA. Isha Johansen and the secretary General Chris Kamara were barred from office, but were eventually acquitted.
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