President Koroma Deplores Deception of 7-Man Committee
An angry President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma who is an ardent football fan, has stopped short of asking out of his office the 7-Man Committee that he ordered set up last year to bring together all football stakeholders in the country to map the way forward for the sport in the country.
After misusing Le200 million that was budgeted to them for the exercise which should have last three months, belatedly the committee provided the President in late February with a misleading lopsided report that did not include the input of some key stakeholders across the country. This prompted the President to order them to go and prepare a comprehensive inclusive report and present it to him against March 5.
It is puzzling why the 7-Man committee headed by Dr. Sorsor Conteh instead of independently and credibly preparing a true state of affairs report of the sport in the country choose to earmark the hard-working Deputy Minister of Sports as a scapegoat for their shenanigan.
For whatever nefarious reason they had in their mind, they vainly tried to blame Ishmael Al-Sankoh Conteh as being responsible for the chaos in the administration, management and promotion of football in the country when in actual fact the fingers should be pointing at the Minister of Sports who now doubles as Stadium Manager and the President of the Sierra Leone Football Association.
Since being elected to lead SLFA, Madam Isha Johanssen and her executive have done nothing constructive to unite the country’s fragmented football family and to promote the sport. Quite recently, she and two members of her executive was the subject of a criminal investigation by the Anti Corruption Commission having to do with alleged misappropriation of a huge sum of money provided by FIFA for promoting grassroots football in the country.
Dr. Sorsor Conteh, Madam Isha Johanssen, the Minister of Sports and the rest of the 7-Man committee must stop hiding behind their fingers and come out clean as a whistle to give the President, the football family and the nation at large a true picture of the anomalies that have been responsible for the stifling of the growth of the sport in this country instead of trying to present the incorruptible Deputy Minister of Sports as the scapegoat.
Meanwhile, football stakeholders nationwide are calling on His Excellency, President Koroma, to order an investigation into how the 7-man committee spent the Le200 million that was provided to them for the verification exercise that they failed to do properly.
Stay tuned for more details in subsequent edition.
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