The Sierra Leone Sports Ministry, through the National Sports Council (NSC) has issued what is described as a final warning to the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) or face appropriate action from the NSC.
The Ministry/ NSC also ordered the SLFA to halt all its activities until after the Association’s April 17-19 congress in Makeni.
The Ministry’s warning came just two days after a SLFA correspondence dated March 9th 2015 informed the Acting Director of Sports, Saidu Mansaray that he has been appointed as a member of their new match-fixing investigation committee.
The letter reads: “The attitude of your Association to this ministry is becoming most unacceptable as you continue to act arbitrarily in most matters without reference and consent of this ministry/NSC which your association is legally operating under as a member and a considerable amount of government money is spent annually towards the promotion of football in Sierra Leone.”
“Decisions taken by your association contrary to a decision of the ministry on several matters is reaching a point where we may be left with no further alternative but to summon a meeting of the NSC members with the view to take appropriate action in terms of your associations behavior.”
The Acting Director of Sports further stated that they are ordering the SLFA that all its activities must cease until after the Association’s April 17-19 congress in Makeni which was ordered by the President, of the nation His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma-who is also the President of the NSC.
The SLFA letter of appointment to a match-fixing investigation committee came just after they were informed by the Ministry/NSC that they have lifted the indefinite suspension slammed on four players and 11 officials on allegation of match-fixing.