Saturday, August 04, 2007

SLFA boss Khadi reinstated

Nahim Khadi is back in charge of Sierra Leone football

Nahim Khadi

Nahim Khadi has been reinstated as the chairman of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) after an intervention by the country's president.

Khadi and his executives were suspended by sports minister Dr. Dennis Bright last month, accusing them of being inefficient.

But the SLFA executive board has been restored to power after President Tejan Kabbah said last week that the action could incur the wrath of Fifa.

"On the instructions of President Kabbah, I'm directed to duly reinstate the SLFA executive board and it can continue business as usual," Saidu Mansaray, the country's director of sports said.

Under Fifa rules, national football associations must not be subject to government control.

Khadi's administration has recently come under intense pressure from the ministry over recent events.

The two bodies have been at loggerheads over the appointment of Leroy Rosenior as the coach of the national team in May.

The ministry is also unhappy that it was not informed of the Leone Stars' friendly against English League One side Leyton Orient two months ago.

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