Reports reaching this medium indicate that the adjudicatory chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee of FIFA has found Mr. Abu Bakakr Kabba (Sweet Kay), a former football official affiliated to the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), guilty of having accepted and received bribes in relation to the manipulation of international matches, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
According to a FIFA Media Release, “a formal ethics proceedings against Mr. Kabba were initiated on the 11 July, 2018 and stem from an extensive investigation into various international matches (attempted to be) manipulated for betting purposes by Mr. Wilson Raj Perumal.”
The Release further states that “the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr. Kabba has breached art. 11 (bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for five (5) years from all football related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.
It has however come as a pleasant surprise that while the parent body continues to be locked in controversy; the SLFA continues its work un abated, as immediately following the gloomy news from FIFA, they announced that pursuant to article 34(h) of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) constitution, it has been resolved by the Executive Committee to increase the number of the Sierra Leone Premier League teams from fourteen (14) to sixteen (16) effective 2019/2020 league season.
This decision is to ensure the representation of all regions in the National Premier League.
As a result, a regional qualifier will be played in the Northern Region for First Division Clubs Only. The two best teams in the qualifiers will emerge in the Sierra Leone Premiership.