The beginning of the end of the greatest shake-up in the history of football elections in Africa that saw the fall of Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign was all plotted in Accra Ghana.
March 10 – The whistleblower who informed FIFA of corruption within the Liberian Football Association (LFA) has been accused by LFA president Musa Bility of encouraging Sierra Leone president Isha Johansson to pay a bribe to her own executive committee members to win their support.
Victor Mansaray- was a surprise move on loan from 2016 MLS Champion Seattle Sounders. Mansaray was signed as a Homegrown player in 2015 at age 17 and in 2016 was named the #1 Under 20 player in USL. He recently has indicated that he may be open to a Leone Stars call up. With Mohamed Kallon emerging as the favorite to take over the reigns of Leone Stars, his influence in the US to to woo over many of the dual citizens to Leone Stars could be key to the success of Leone Stars. There is currently no functioning SLFA league in the country and Isha Johansen's illegitimate administration has brought high level domestic football to a standstill.
A caveat to Mansaray could be his status in the U-20 USMNT player pool. He was not named to the 20 man squad for U-20 World Cup qualifying in February but the option of a call-up to the World Cup in late May is still a possibility since the U-20’s did qualify. The tournament runs from May 30- June 20 so we could see Mansaray miss time with the club if he is called into Tab Ramos pre-tournament camp. It will be interesting to see how Victor takes the recent snub and uses it as motivation to force his way into a spot on the World Cup roster or maybe a Leone Stars call-up may be a bright way for his career to advance.
It would be recalled that another prodigy, Israel Sesay who famously was labeled by his Los Angeles Galaxy teammate, David Beckham as "the most refreshing talent" he has seen in a long time, saw his career stagnate and may have done well to accept a Leone Star call up as his career waned without an international profile for either Leone Stars or the USA failed to materialize. Kei Kamara, though at a similar period endured Leone Stars call-ups which eventually lead to move to England and back to the MLS without a tremendous profile. Victor would be wise to follow Kei.
Sierra Leone football Association’s (SLFA) extraordinary congress which was slated for today 25th February, aimed at resolving a long-standing dispute has been shifted to March 5, 2017, the Minister of Sports Ahmed Khanu confirmed on Friday 24, 2017.
The Presidential Pavilion of the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown has had 950 chairs installed as part of The Stadium’s upgrade to an all-seater international standard.
So Fatma Samoura's visit to Sierra Leone actually happened, after reportedly being delayed twice. Even though the Isha Johansen, the fraudulently selected, President of the SLFA, is currently under investigation by the Nation's Anti-Corruption Commission, it was interesting to know that the First Lady, attend a dinner for Fatma hosted by Isha.
Unity FC beat Napoli SL by a lone goal to nil with a trio from the Western Area Community Referees Asscociation (WACRA) officiating the match.
Over Seventy Thousand Dollars ($70,000) was paid out by to teams participating in the recently concluded 2016 Blackheart/St Lucia Football Association Tournament (SLFA), which was held in the players’ lounge at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.