Sierra Leone News: Sierra Leone again Joins World Football Family

With lift of ban by Fifa in Paris…

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Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) President, Isha Johansen

Following the ousting of Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) President, Isha Johansen, and the Secretary General Chris Kamara from office on corruption allegations which was charged by the Anti-corruption Commission and   tried in court the country was banned by the Football Governing Council, Fifa to participate in certain games demanding that Isha Johansen be returned to full authority before considering lifting the ban. Fifa suspended Sierra Leone last October due to third-party interference in the running of the country’s FA.

Subsequently, after reinstatement as President and Secretary General Fifa lifted Sierra Leone’s international ban on Monday, 3rd June 2019 following a meeting of the world governing body’s council in Paris.

“This is very good news for Sierra Leone and Sierra Leone football,” Johansen informed.

“Our football family will embrace one another once again and focus on one agenda – which is putting Sierra Leone first.”

Sierra Leone’s ban saw them disqualified from the qualifying campaign for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

In a statement, Fifa said the suspension was lifted “after the High Court of Sierra Leone acquitted the SLFA President and the SLFA General Secretary of all charges on 27 May.

“(This) ensured that the recognised leadership has full control of the member association again,” added the statement. 

Johansen and SLFA General Secretary Christopher Kamara returned to their posts after they were acquitted on all counts of corruption by the court in Freetown.

 

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