FIFA maintains ban on Sierra Leone awaiting trial verdict

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – FIFA has announced that it will maintain its suspension on Sierra Leone’s Football Association until the court verdict on the corruption case against the country’s FA President Isha Johansen.

The decision was announced on Friday evening after Fifa officials, including Secretary General Fatma Samoura, met with Johansen and the Sierra Leone government in Freetown.

Johansen is facing trial along with Sierra Leone FA (SLFA) General Secretary Christopher Kamara. Both deny the charges.

Fifa suspended Sierra Leone two weeks ago because of third-party interference in the running of the SLFA, saying that the ban would be lifted once Johansen and Kamara are reinstated.

The ban came after the country’s anti-corruption commission (ACC) set aside Johansen and Kamara and handed over control of the SLFA to vice-president Brima Mazola Kamara and assistant secretary general Abdul Rahman Swarray.

The alleged corruption charges against Johansen were drastically reduced in court early this week from ten to three, and from four to three for Kamara.

Fifa has demanded that Sierra Leone FA President Isha Johansen be returned to full authority.

© Bur-csa – N.W / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)