Posted On Tuesday, 30th July 2013
CAF has appointed Ghana FA chief Kwesi Nyantakyi to oversee Saturday’s Sierra Leone FA presidential elections which has already been dogged by controversy.
The leader of Africa’s governing body Issa Hayatou personally chose the rising star in African football administration to supervise the election which will see just one candidate standing.
He will arrive in the country on Friday ahead of the election as his respect and efficiency among football administrators in Africa soars.
Nyantakyi has been brought in to bring sanity into the possibly raucuous election after three key candidates were disqualified leaving Isha Johansen as the only person in the hunt for the post.
Despite just one candidate standing Nyantakyi has an arduous task as the three disqualified candidates have hinted that they could protest against the decision to exclude them.
It means Johansen will be appointed unopposed in Freetown on Saturday and shall become the first female president of the SLFA barring any last minute protest from the disqualified candidates.
Sierra Leone legend Mohamed Kallon and two other candidates, Rodney Michael and Foday Turay were disqualified from contesting the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) presidential election.
Front runner Michael and Turay were disqualified because they contravene Article 25 of the Fifa code of Ethics which deals with betting, gambling, lotteries and similar events or transaction connected with football.
Michael provides consultancy services to a local betting company whilst Turay entered into a contract with same company for a betting machine.
Both have denied any wrongdoing, stating that the article was wrongly interpreted.
Immediately after the decisions were announced, hundreds of supporters of both Kallon and Michael tried to make their way to Freetown in an attempt to get an audience with the country’s President Ernest Koroma but they were denied access.
Some supporters carried placards, with one message reading: ‘No Rodney, No Kallon, No football.’
Two other candidates contesting for other positions were also disqualified for their involvements with the local sports betting company.
The SLFA elections were due to have taken place a year ago but were postponed several times because of disagreements over who was eligible to stand for president.
The elections will bring to an end the tenure of an interim body set up by Fifa last December.