Trafficjunky

Sierra Leone faces FIFA ban following anti-graft officials raid FA offices.


Sierra Leone faces the prospect of a ban from international competition by FIFA after the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) followed through on a threat to raid the offices of its football association on Tuesday.


The ACC had warned the move last week after sending a letter to Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) president Isha Johansen, putting her to step down over allegations of match-fixing involving the national team.




Johansen including her secretary general Chris Kamara has been banned from the SLFA offices by ACC officials, but the remainder of the staff have been allowed to continue their work. Both deny they have done anything wrong. “Staff at the SLFA offices have been advised not to have any dealings with Johansen and Kamara and not to let them into the secretariat. “Anyone who goes against the rules will face the law,” ACC official Alhassan Kargbo said BBC Sport. FIFA said earlier this week that they were observing the situation in the country and are likely to view the forced removal of Johansen as government interference in football affairs, especially as they are conducting their investigation into the match-fixing allegations. FIFA is watching matches as far back as a World Cup qualifier against South Africa in 2008.

They were also chairing negotiations between the Sierra Leone sports ministry, SLFA officials and various other stakeholders over delays to football association elections. The delays have caused by some factors, including resistance to integrity checks that FIFA wants to be carried out on those who plan to stand for positions. Johansen, who plans to stand for re-election, was temporarily detained in 2016 over alleged graft but was released without charge and also survived being ousted by the SLFA executive committee last year as FIFA refused to recognize the move. She claims to have received numerous death threats in recent years but is decided to stand again for the post of president when elections eventually take place. “I have been called every kind of vulgar names suffered such numerous death threats, although I haven’t entertained such abuse. “I desire to be a pioneer for good governance, inclusivity in football gender and, equality,  to make a diff.







The ACC had threatened the move last week after sending a letter to Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) president Isha Johansen, telling her to step down over allegations of match-fixing involving the national team.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/09/sierra-leone-face-fifa-ban-after-anti-graft-officials-raid-fa-offices/
The ACC had threatened the move last week after sending a letter to Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) president Isha Johansen, telling her to step down over allegations of match-fixing involving the national team.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/09/sierra-leone-face-fifa-ban-after-anti-graft-officials-raid-fa-offices/

Post a comment

2 Comments