The government of Sierra Leone through a special intervention by the country’s President, Ernest Bai Koroma has on Wednesday December 16th 2015 reinstated the Isha Johansen-led Football Association Executive board.
The decision to restore the Johansen’s executive came during Wednesday’s meeting at State House which was summoned by President Koroma- who also doubles as the President of the National Sports Council.
He further revealed that it was also decided that the SLFA secretariat will only be opened after both parties-SLFA and the National Sports Council have agreed on the two resolutions; the reinstitution of the SLFA executive and the seven-man working group.
"For us as a ministry, it was a great decision agreed by all parties which is simply a win-win situation for all. It was another great fatherly move by the President; I only hope all will work with this resolution agreed on,” the Deputy Sports minister said.
The restoring of Johansen’s executive came on the December 16th deadline given by the world football governing body; FIFA or Sierra Leone could have faced suspension from all international football activities.
This is the second time in eight years a sitting president has intervened in Football governance to avoid an international ban from FIFA.
In 2007, the then President (late) Ahmed Tejan Kabbah instructed his Sports Minister, Dr. Denis Bright to reinstate the Nahim Khadi-led SLFA which was suspended by the Ministry of Youths and Sports through the National Sports Council (NSC).
According to then Director of Sports, Saidu Mansaray, the action to suspend the Khadi-led Executive was due to the SLFA’s failure to respond to some queries by the NSC ranging from both local and international funding and activities, overdue of congress and others.