A Sierra Leone football association (SLFA) congress that was supposed to be held Friday has been suspended pending “integrity” exams associated with match-fixing allegations in opposition to the country’s aspect, as the contry’s football disaster deepens.
Fifteen Sierra Leonean players and officers were suspended in July 2014 over suspect matches which include a 2010 international Cup qualifier in opposition to South Africa, implicating former Leone Stars captain Ibrahim Kargbo.
A Sierra Leonean-Lebanese soccer administrator, Rodney Michael, is also accused of links to sports activities having a bet agency Mercury International, a primary financier of sports activities sports in Sierra Leone.
The accusations were due to be investigated by means of an SLFA-appointed committee headed by the country’s minister Palo Conteh, however FIFA has taken matters into its very own palms and says the congress cannot go ahead till its personal investigators are satisfied with progress.
FIFA secretary widespread Fatma Samoura wrote a letter to the SLFA dated July 7 announcing the assembly must be postponed “until further notice” due to pending “integrity checks” on all current members of the executive committee.
Samoura said “problems… persist” in the ongoing probe, with new individuals of interest recognized as requiring such checks. FIFA’s Samoura visited Freetown November last year with hopes of resolving ongoing tensions between the SLFA and the government, which had reached an impasse in its personal research of the corruption allegations.
A memorandum of expertise signed during the visit set up an investigative committee headed with the aid of Conteh which was authorized by FIFA, although this settlement among the arena frame, the SLFA and the government now looks in jeopardy.
Sports activities Minister Ahmed Khanou said he was “disappointed” by FIFA’s choice, adding it become “our role to supervise and regulate the activities of sporting associations.” Khanou stated his ministry turned into “trying to regulate the flow of money between the Sierra Leone football association and FIFA,” but stated FIFA would no longer disclose wherein budget sent to the SLFA went.
“We want FIFA to be transparent in their dealings by consulting us before taking decisions,” he added.