World football governing body FIFA has suspended the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) indefinitely following the interference of the country’s government in the running of football activities, AOIFootball.com reports.
FIFA’s decision came after it wrote to the African country’s sports minister, expressing grave concern about the removal of SLFA president Isha Johansen and general secretary Christopher Kamara.
FIFA had asked for both individuals to be allowed to access SLFA premises without delay to ensure that the operations of the association, including FIFA-funded projects, were not jeopardised.
“The suspension will be lifted once SLFA and its recognised leadership have confirmed to FIFA that the SLFA administration, premises, accounts and communication channels are under their control once again.
“Following its suspension, SLFA has lost all its membership rights as defined in article 13 of the FIFA Statutes. The SLFA’s national and affiliated club teams are no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted,” FIFA said in a statement.
Last month, the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission followed through on a threat to raid the SLFA’s offices amid allegations of match-fixing involving the national team.