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CLARIFICATION AND THE POSITION OF THE SIERRA LEONE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION ON GOVERNMENT’s PROPOSED FUNDING FOR THE FA CUP

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In response to the misguided statement making the rounds with regards to SLFA President Mdme Johansen “rejecting” the sum of seven hundred and fifty million Leone’s from the Government of Sierra Leone to support the FA Cup;

The SLFA expresses its disappointment over the the fact that the statement by the the SLFA President is highly misrepresented and clearly taken out of context.

The meeting during which the said government funding was discussed was well attended at the Sports Ministry by almost all the SLFA Executive Committee Members including the Vice President 2 Mr Alie Commoner Kargbo and a few Heads of Departments at the FA.

At no time did the SLFA President *“reject”* the allocated amount which the Minister of Sports confirmed that despite the sum, having been approved during Madam Johansen’s court trial, he “was not prepared to hand it over the to the Brima Mazola Kamara led acting SLFA leadership“.

The President of the SLFA thanked the Minister but admonished that *”for the sake of transparency and to avoid third party political interference”* it would be best that the funds are not deposited into the SLFA accounts.

Madam Johansen held a closed door meeting on the same day with her Executive Members present at the said meeting as to how best to form a collective steering committee between the Sports Ministry and the Football Association to run the FA Cup where payments from the government funds will be made by officials of the Sports Ministry as they normally do when it comes to international matches.

The SLFA will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Sports and would like urge journalists and reporters to seek clarification before putting out statements which have the potential of misrepresenting the facts.

©️SLFA Media Department

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