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VP Jalloh Welcomes FIFA Inquiring Delegation to Sierra Leone

VP Jalloh Welcomes FIFA Inquiring Delegation to Sierra Leone

The Hon. Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh on Monday, 5th October, 2018 welcomed FIFA Inquiring Delegation to the shores of Sierra Leone during a courtesy call on him at his Tower Hill Office, Freetown.  (Photo: Hon. Vice President dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, Minister of State, Mrs. Francess P. Alghali and members of the FIFA delegation.

Welcoming the guests, the Hon. Vice President reminded the delegation that he was part of the Sierra Leone delegation that went to FIFA Head offices in Zurich on the 17th October, 2018 to discuss the string which blew up in Sierra Leone following FIFA’s pronouncement in banning the country from world football activities.

He recalled that during the visit to Zurich, several issues were discussed and that one among the issues that was agreed on, was that an inquiring team will be deployed to Sierra Leone from the 4th -9th of November, 2018 to conduct investigations into the alleged match-fixing issue. This he said was exciting for them adding that, as a new government, they’ve been making progress in bringing discipline and integrity to the nation’s football.

VP Jalloh maintained that, as a government, they are looking forward to the work of FIFA as it is part of what they wanted to do to bring discipline to football, as they have committed themselves to fight corruption in football.

‘The presence of the team’, he said, ‘is a commitment on the part of FIFA in the fight for zero-tolerance for corruption related practices in football’.

The Head of the Delegation, Mr. Jean-Samuel Leuba thanked the Hon. Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh for warmly welcoming them to Sierra Leone.

Mr. Leuba said the purpose of their visit to Sierra Leone was to conduct an independent investigation into issues relating to corruption at the Sierra Leone Football Association against the suspended SLFA President and the Association’s Secretary General.

He assured the Vice President of an independent and credible investigation.

The suspension of Sierra Leone from participating in international football competition came over claims by FIFA, of government interference, after the removal of the President of SLFA, Isha Johansen and SLFA Secretary General Christopher Kamara who were charged to court for corruption.

By Alimatu Fofanah-OVP Communications Unit 

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