The Southern Region, which has always been united, must continue to remain united, said Rodney Michael, the outgoing chairman of the Bo district football association, at the French centre in Bo before the election of new members.
“All the members in the region need to come together as one family to promote the game of football in the region,” Michael said.
The outgoing chairman noted how Secretary Edison Sharka and Chairman of the region Cecil Hanson have been a strong support to the districts and they must ensure they always protect the region’s interest.
Michael said Edison is a strong guide to usher in the new executive and is one of the most sincere and honest individual he has worked with over the years.
He appealed to the new executive to make good use of Sharka’s expertise and knowledge if they want to achieve their goals.
Edison was a strong pillar to Michael during the last eight years, and Michael said the secretary will ensure that Bo District remains united and recognized.
He advised the new executive to work with the region to seek clarifications from the SLFA Secretariat on some issues that remain unanswered.
The status of the District Association, according to the constitution the District Association, is an affiliate member of the SLFA whilst the premier clubs and Division one clubs are direct members.
It implies, therefore, that the district has no powers over the clubs. It is ambiguous and complex and needs urgent attention. The number of delegates to Congress in relation to the number of clubs in the country was evident in the past elective congress.
The SLFA executive approved to promote two teams from the Western Area that were promoted in 2008, whereas three teams in the South, promoted in April 2007 and the General Secretary notified, were rejected.
Michael went further to caution that it could be a ploy by unscrupulous members of the football family to ensure more representation from the Western Area as against the provinces in their ploy to ensure that the system of the 1980s-2000 is restored wherein the Western Area will have an undue advantage.
Michael recommended that there is a clarification as to a fixed number of delegates to Congress specified at Regional Level which must not change in quantity but in representation.
Michael went further to thank the former president of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Justice Tholla Thompson, who when he was the president of SLFA decided to break the taboo and demanded that the 2002 Congress be held in Bo.
Michael said of the decision, it was one “that made him the first provincial host of any Congress and we were never disappointed and it paved the way for many of us in Bo District and the provinces to become significant and to create a lingering impact on our previously dominant colleagues from the city.”