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Saturday, 30 September 2017

FIFA Task Force Concludes Investigation


FIFA task force to Sierra Leone on Friday September 29, concluded its two-day investigation into issues bordering on Sierra Leone football.

Chairman of FIFA task force, Musa Bility stated that after the two days visit as mandated by the FIFA Member Association Committee, the FIFA task force met with the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) President and General Secretary in other to get their inputs on the current status of the Sierra Leone football. He said that they also met with the Minister of Sports, the executive committee and stakeholders.

Mr. Bility said that based on the aim of their mission, one of issues they identified that is undermining the progress of Sierra Leone football in the strange relationship between the Ministry of Sports and SLFA.

The task force said, “There is a need to conduct integrity checks, and this is not currently possible due to lack of SLFA code of ethics. The match fixing inquiry within Sierra Leone has not yet been concluded.”

My Bility said SLFA should adopt the Code of Ethics, with FIFA supporting this process; the members of the judicial bodies elected on 23 March 2017 to allow members undergo the integrity checks as defined by the FIFA Ethics Committee.

“FIFA will conduct these integrity checks and an Extraordinary Congress should be held with two items to be discuss on the agenda such as to adopt the new SLFA Code of Ethics (which will be based on the FIFA Code of Ethics), and to revise the SLFA status and include integrity check requirement for any SLFA members who seek to be elected into SLFA positions. The list of delegates of the extraordinary congress should be indicated in the 7-man committee report,” the task force said.

Mr Bility said that following the extraordinary congress, SLFA shall organize an Ordinary Congress in order to select their Electoral Board in preparation for the SLFA election and to present any relevant statutory reports.

He said that the march fixing commission should hand over to FIFA all files and evidence linked to match fixing in Sierra Leone football. FIFA will decide how to proceed with the information provided by the match fixing commission. “FIFA will decide, at its discretion, how and when to proceed with the matter,” he said.

Task force called on the government and the Ministry of Sport to enforce it ban on betting on local football matches and to supporting any sanctions that may be taken by FIFA and the SLFA against those who are found guilty of match fixing. “Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Sport will ensure the smooth and uninterrupted operations of the SLFA,” it said.

Mr. Bility said after engagement with all relevant stakeholders the Task force recommended that the FIFA Member Association Committee should establish without delay the timeframe for the review of the SLFA statute and the implementation of the Code of Ethics; set date by which the SLFA Extraordinary Congress and SLFA Ordinary Congress should held, and the date by which the SLFA Elective Congress should be held.

The task force emphasised that Madam Isha Johansen still remains president of SLFA.

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