On October 7, 2018, the bureau of FIFA council suspended the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) with immediate effect due to government interference. The Sierra Leone Government removed the SLFA president and General Secretary and denied them access to the SLFA premises, on the basis of allegations on corruption and match fixing involving the national team.

FIFA has said the ban would be lifted once the recognized leadership of SLFA (Ms. Isha Johasen and General Secretary, Mr Christopher Kamara) have confirmed that they have been reinstated. Sierra Leone was given the deadline for Tuesday, which they failed to meet. This led to the eventual suspension.

According to Article 13 of the FIFA Statutes,

A country looses all membership rights after suspension from the FIFA.

Their national and affiliated teams are no longer entitled to take part in international competition until suspension lifts.

Article 16 Paragraph 3 of the FIFA STATUTES, states that

Other member associations May not entertain sporting contact with the SLFA, during its suspension.

They won’t benefit from any development programs, courses or trainings from FIFA/CAF.

The ban has led to the cancellation of Sierra Leone’s match against Ghana, their African Nations qualifier, which was supposed to be held at kumasi, tomorrow, Thursday, 11th of October.

SLFA said that indeed they had reinstated Isha Johansen but she refused to return to work. She has been replaced by Brima Mazzola Koworu.

Sierra Leone appealed the suspension, but it was rejected.

 

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