Another dawn is yet at hand when the football stakeholders gather to elect a new executive that will map the progress of Sierra Leone football within the next couple of months.
Tomorrow’s decisive moment rests squarely on the ‘so called’ stakeholders and the outcome would justify the direction the game will take in the following years.
It was a similar scenario during the last congress in Makeni which ushered in the Nahim Kadi led executive, that to all extent has woefully failed this nation in terms of delivering the goods administratively.
The highly charged congress will be slotted out between the two front runners in the last event in Makeni – Nahim Kadi and his once teammate Dr. Foday ‘Bangso’ Bangura – and as they fully charged for tomorrow’s event, one is obliged to ask how serious are our stakeholders?
I pose this question because these so called stakeholders that are charged with the responsibility of electing the new executive have gotten very little to show for their stewardship in their respective clubs.
Let these so called “experts” demonstrate the caliber they are made of by coming out publicly to ascertain the progress they have made in their respective clubs to enhance its progress or status like their counterparts in the sub-region.
Take it from the East End Lions, Mighty Blackpool and the rest of them, have they transformed their respective clubs into a corporate body so that their respective fans can have the opportunity of buying shares.
Despite the long years of existence of these two aforementioned clubs, have they got a training pitch of their own, not to talk about club secretariat?
Definitely they have not, but yet still they are always at the helm of affairs to determine who is going to take charge of the football association.
Anyway, this would be another topic of discussion when the time arises.
Now to the congress itself, taking a close perspective of the elected occasion, I am pleading with stakeholders not to allow financial gains to persuade them like it occurred in Makeni some four years ago.
Now these delegates can make or even break the tempo in the football circle, because if they allow their conscience to be bought for the second time in a row, then we are bound to be doomed.
Soccer fans do not want to see the rapid decline of football as had happened in the past, when our national team acted like diplomats, by presenting their credentials and could seldom be seen or heard expect when they are recalled.
Now is the time our stakeholders should not be so cheap, they should vote on issues and not sentiments, so that at the end of the tunnel they would say at least my mind is free.
We need an FA that would weed out the dead woods, after the elections are over, and not to be rewarded with some contracts, and flouted to some position within the association when congress did not elect them.
This is the time for the ‘ball boys’, ‘games keepers’ to let football roll in its true sense and they should be urged to leave the scene rather humbly rather than by taking the bull by the horn.
We are really tired of this messy stage our football is in presently, and we can only progress if sound administrative measures are put in place for the governance of the game.
It’s definitely no big deal shouting about what one has achieved when in reality it’s not flexible on the ground, despite all the financial gains we have received from the international bodies.
This is the time we should restore the dignity Tolla Thompson left when he was in the FIFA, and not be falling into the dubious scandals that rocked the present FA boss at the hands of Amos Adamu.
Personally I have nothing against Nahim Kadi, he has definitely carved a name for himself donning the green white and blue for the Leones Stars and a cricketer for this nation. In both areas he excelled himself, but quite honestly as head of the Football Association, he left me flabbergasted.
This is not the moment to outline his weaknesses as I am not campaigning for Foday Bangso, but when you compare the two, the latter is much more reliable to entrust public funds into his keeping.
Some may want me to justify my claims, and the answer is quite simple, Foday had a long track record of implementing projects with donor funds, and throughout his spell not a day had any scandal erupted that would tend to dent his image.
But alas, not so for Nahim. He is yet to justify the huge sum of money that had poured in from FIFA and other organisations.
Yes on record he has curtailed the transportation cost of the team by providing them with two buses that was donated by CAF, and not his personal money as those ‘shameless’ bunch of journalists want us to believe.
Yes indeed Nahim is credited with exposing our National team to international friendlies in the United Kingdom, but what benefit has that accrued to this nation financially? Definitely he is not the first to give seed money, it was done during the reign of Tolla Thompson, when he insisted that clubs should have bank accounts.
Was it not kicked against by some of these stakeholders that would be entrusted with choosing the new executive of the Football Association?
Quite honestly some of these stakeholders, who plotted the down fall of the Tolla Thompson executive to usher in that of Nahim, could not hide their emotions when they openly stated that they regretted their action.
Because the Tolla Thompson executive was far better than those who succeeded him in terms of status, and accountability.
All one could say now is we stop crying over spilt milk as the damage had been done and nothing would repair it.
Probably those sports journalists who see the truth and failed to expose it, rather than warming their palms would definitely not endorse my opinion, but I stand by it and say, “God will surely punish you,” as you have contributed to the downward trend of the loving sports on earth.
I say so because the moment journalists sacrifice their pride for money, they have lost their objectivity and woefully failed this nation, because of penny loaf.
As the day dawns in tomorrow I hope that common sense will prevail on you to elect a wise and sober executive that will make us all proud both internally and internationally.
So stakeholders the nation holds its breath for your choice, and if you decide to take an oath for few pennies, surely your conscience will torment you till you take your exit from this sinful world.
We shall be there to watch you and may the lord have mercy on your souls.
by Samuel John