The Director of Sports Saidu Mansaray under the orders of the Ministry of Youth and Sports has suspended the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) with immediate effect.
According to the press release from the Ministry this is due to the SLFA’s apparent inability to conduct the affairs of football in accordance with the Statutes, Rules and Regulations governing football in the country.
Quoting the 1964 act under the National Sport Council, the press release pointed out the mandate of the Minister of Youth and Sport to take any action deemed necessary and expedient for the development and control of Sport in Sierra Leone.
The letters stated that in the interest of progress, accountability and probity, it was necessary to institute the following measures in order to ensure that appropriate structures and resources are put in place for the effective management of national and international football programs and activity.
To this end, the Ministry has appointed the following to form an interim body comprising a representative, from the Sports Ministry who would act as Chairman, the heads of Western, Southern, Northern and Eastern Football Associations; member of the Referees Association, Coaches Association, Sports Writers Association, Sports Supporters Association and Military and Police representatives.
The SLFA Secretary General will be an Ex-officio member and the Secretary to the committee.
The release states that they would be responsible to examine and prepare a report on the administrative and financial management of the SLFA for the ordinary Congress to be held within 90- days.
Also they will examine and submit a report on the management of the National Football teams and recommendations for their effective management.
They would be responsible to conduct on the spot assessment of the football Academy facilities at the Kingtom complex and prepare a report including recommendations for the establishment and operation of the Academy.
They would make appropriate arrangements for the convening of the Extra Ordinary Congress in Freetown at the end of the Committee’s 90 days.
They would have to report on any other matter of relevance to the promotion and development of national football deemed necessary for the consideration of the Congress.
The release states that the Secretariat of the FA will be able to take full charge of all assets and documents of the Association and to work directly with the interim committee during the period of its tenure of office.