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Sierra Leone league suspended after leadership dispute

BOYCOTT: Sierra Leone's league has been suspended

TOP-FLIGHT LEAGUE football in Sierra Leone has been put on indefinite hold because 10 of its 14 clubs have refused to play.

The teams - Diamond Stars, Gem Stars, Kambui Eagles, Old Edwardians FC, FC Kallon, Bo Rangers, Ports Authority FC, Mighty Blackpool, Central Parade FC, and Freetown City FC – have taken action in protest against a decision made by the country’s football association.

The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) disqualified Mohamed Kallon and four other candidates who were standing for leadership of the governing body.

In a statement, reported by BBC Sport, the league’s board said: “In the spirit of fair play and for the good of the game we decided to contact the Chairman of SLFA Normalisation Committee after receiving a letter signed by ten clubs stating their position to boycott the league.

“Both the Premier League Board and SLFA have resolved to immediately put the ongoing league on hold until further notice whilst consultations are ongoing.”

Kallon, a former Inter and Monaco forward, was removed from presidential selection because, according to the SLFA, he failed to prove he is a citizen of Sierra Leone.

It was claimed he was in breach of Article 32 (4), which states: “The members of the executive committee shall be citizens of Sierra Leone and shall have resided in Sierra Leone for a period of no less than five years prior to the congress of which they seek to be elected.”

Kallon rejected the decision, saying it was politically motivated.

Since the other disqualifications, one candidate remains eligible for election – Isha Johansen.

If elected, she would become the first female president of the SLFA.

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