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Press Release – Sierra Leone Football Assocation resumes fixtures

Press Release – Sierra Leone Football Assocation resumes fixtures

The Sierra Leone Football Association would like to inform the general public that on the 14th of September 2013 the continuation of the PREMIER LEAGUE which was set up by the Normalisation Committee resumed its fixtures.

All the Premier Clubs were informed about the kick off date, together with the sponsorship package, incentives and prizes the new executive had put together in order to facilitate the running and completion of a one leg league considering this is a league which was not an initiative of the current executive.

Nonetheless, in an attempt to foster relations and extend the reconciliatory gestures by the President of the FA and the entire executive board, it was seen fit to uphold the league whilst plans for a more structured and all inclusive Premier League, FA CUP, and Female League would be in operation.

Despite the overtures, meetings, and attempts to reconcile with clubs and stakeholders, it would appear that some members of the football family remain adamant and as such have restrained their respective clubs from participating in the current ongoing league.

The FA would like to inform the public and remind the football stakeholders that failure to honour the league matches as a protest, is a violation of Article 13(1) c of the SLFA CONSTITUTION as amended in Kabala in April 2012.

There has been a trend in the past for certain individuals and clubs to challenge the decisions taken by FIFA, SLFA and more recently the Normalisation Committee.

These challenges have sometimes been backed by violence, threats, insults and defamatory statements through certain local media channels.

Whilst we look forward to seeing the remaining clubs honour the fixtures of the league, the FA would like to emphasise to the public that SANITY, INTEGRITY AND DISCIPLINE will prevail in this newly elected executive. The league will therefore continue to run its duration, and the fixtures will remain.

Finally, SLFA is an Association working for and on behalf of the NATION. As such, the FA does not believe that any individual, club/s or group is bigger than the land that we love SIERRA LEONE.

Sierra Leone Football Association, Affiliated to FIFA, CAF & WAFU

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