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FIFA ban Sierra Leone FA over government interference

FIFA ban Sierra Leone FA over government interference

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FIFA have suspended the Sierra Leone Football Association with immediate effect because of government interference.

This decision comes after the removal of the SLFA President Isha Johansen and the association’s General Secretary, Christopher Kamara.

The country’s anti-corruption commission (ACC) were the ones to remove the duo from their positions amid allegations of match-fixing involving the national team.

As a result, the  has lost all membership rights, meaning that the national team and their clubs can no longer participate in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.

“The suspension will be lifted once the SLFA and its recognised leadership have confirmed to Fifa that the SLFA administration, premises, accounts and communication channels are under their control once again,” Fifa said.

The ban comes just one week ahead of Sierra Leone’s double-header against Ghana in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers, and if it’s not lifted before then the qualifier will be cancelled.

Sierra Leone were drawn in group F alongside Ghana, Ethiopia, and Kenya. They started their campaign with a 2-1 win over Kenya, before losing 1-0 away from home.

They sit third in the group, only behind leaders Ghana on goal difference, who they will face on October 11 in Ghana, before hosting them at home four days later.

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