As FIFA Postpones Elective Congress Delegates Cry Foul
As we said in our previous publication, Sierra Leone football is a time bomb involving political interference, racial abuse, allegation of match fixing, banning of sports journalists and stakeholders, the selection of national players based on nepotism, and several feelings of bad blood within the football family that has split the game which appears difficult to heal.
After several postponements of the elective congress, including venues, the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), has finally held a meeting in its capital headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, and made a decision on the Sierra Leone football election.
After the Association’s committee and the Executive committee met on the 24th and 28th September, it has now been confirmed that the Elective Congress has been postponed again to 15th January 2013.
According to FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke, both committees have unanimously decided to nominate a normalization committee whose task will be to run the daily business of the SLFA and to organize the election of a new SLFA executive committee by the 15th of January 2013.
According to Valcke, the normalization committee will act as an electoral committee by re-starting the electoral process, in which none of its members will therefore be eligible for election into the new SLFA executive committee.
Jerome Valcke said both FIFA committees were briefed on the recent difficulties linked to the electoral process and the problems of interference encountered with the Minister of Sports. They also took note of the resignation of both the FA President and Vice President and acknowledged the claims made by some parties about the proper designation of the electoral bodies and the identification of the delegates. The FIFA Secretary General concluded that the composition of the normalization committee and its attributes will be communicated as soon as possible.
Speaking to football delegates across the country they angrily revealed they are not impressed with FIFA’s findings which they said are in support of the Sports Minister and his cohorts and vowed to deny FIFA if normalization comprises of supporters of the Sports Minister’s favorite candidate in the election.
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