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Pres. Koroma Refutes Interference In Sierra Leone’s Football Election

Pres. Koroma Refutes Interference In Sierra Leone’s Football Election
Ernest Bai Koroma

Ernest Bai Koroma | © Zimbio/ Handout



Sierra Leone’s incumbent president, Ernest Bai Koroma denied allegations of involvement in the presidential election of Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).

Issues regarding Koroma’s alleged biased on who should lead the organization have been causing a public stir. This was after the President remained mum when the country’s Sports Minister, Paul Kamara expressed “racist comments” against SLFA executive candidate, Rodney Michael. Kamara is also vocal about his support to another candidate, Isha Johansen.

Koroma’s preference to remain silent about this matter was immediately seen by Michael’s supporters as the president’s bias towards Johansen.

In response to this matter, the President’s Communications Director, Unisa Sisay issued a statement stating that the government has no “favored candidate” and it shall perform all the necessary steps to “investigate” this matter.

SLFA’s elections should have been performed last 2012. However, disparities regarding “qualified” candidates delayed the process.

Two (2) of the top contenders are Michael and Johansen. Michael is said to be the favorite of the opposition group, Sierra Leone Peoples Party.

On the other hand, Johansen is a popular sportswoman known to support the government’s side.

As a result, FIFA’s Normalization Committee shall set the SLFA Congress on 03 August 2013 to foresee the establishment of a new executive committee.

FIFA strictly forbids third-party interference in football associations. Last 22 July 2013, the organization lifted its Cameroon suspension after a normalization committee has been established.

Cameroon’s suspension was due to the “police assistance” that John Begheni Nedi received after proclaiming himself as Cameroon’s Football Federation’s (Fecafoot) president.

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