The Sierra Leone football Association (SLFA) and the Western Area Football Association (WAFA) could be heading for another tug of war after the latter admitted that they will not play any football competition until the former addresses several issues relating to the game.
“The Sierra Leone Football Association has given subvention of Thirty-Six Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Leones [(US$4,818)] to each of the four regional Football Associations for the establishment of well-furnished Secretariat offices. The funding support from the F.A. is meant to develop the administrative aspect of the game across the country.
“In another development, the sum of Thirty Million Leones has been disbursed to each regional F.A. by the Sierra Leone Football Association for the running of the 2017 regional female football league. So far, the North and Eastern regions have commenced their female tournaments while the Southern Region and the Western Area are expected to kick-start theirs soonest,” the SLFA media department release stated.
In an immediate reaction to the said release, Secretary General of WAFA, Kashor Holland-Cole stated in a WhatsApp social media forum; that his Association will only play football if the F.A invites their chairman to all SLFA Executive meetings and activities and allow the judiciary bodies to start work amongst others.
The WAFA scribe stated: “The Western Area Football Association will not play any football until the following decisions are respected; Invite Foday Turay, WAFA chairman to all SLFA Executive meetings and activities, judiciary bodies should start work, match-fixing allegations be investigated, payment of WAFA Le 24,000,000 for the last WAFA congress conducted, an ordinary congress should be held immediately and the payment of funds meant for the male divisional leagues.”
However, the F. A. General Secretary, Chris Kamara in a reply to Holland-Cole posting said: “The SLFA will not listen to any cheap threats from a nobody. This nonsense must stop. WAFA has received Le 66.5 million from the SLFA for the female league and Secretariat development respectively. And such funds will be accounted for and used in the purpose it is meant for.”
This latest dispute came just a month after the country’s President, Ernest Bai Koroma urged football authorities, stakeholders to end the ‘sonkor sonkor’ in the game.
By: Sahr Morris Jr.