Ghana’s 2019 Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone will not take place as scheduled.
This is as a result of FIFA’s refusal to lift a ban on Sierra Leone for government interference.
Sierra Leone’s fate have been hanging in the last 72 hours after FIFA’s banned the country to desist itself from football activities.
The West Africans had partitioned FIFA to lift the ban in order for the Lone Stars to honour their Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana.
Failure on the part of authorities to re-instate FA boss Aisha Johanssen and General Secretary Christopher Kamara who were tagged with corrupt charges before a deadline set by FIFA automatically keeps the ban on Sierra Leone.
The latest development will thus prevent their game against the Black Stars scheduled for Thursday from come on.
“Our appeal has been rejected,” Sierra Leone Football Association president Brima Mazzola Kamara, who replaced Johansen, told Reuters.
“It is not what we were hoping for, especially since this now means the CAF match won’t be happening. FIFA told us that Isha’s reinstatement was a prerequisite for our suspension being lifted, and when we told them she had not returned to work, they denied us.”
“The Anti-Corruption Commission will not stand for its judgement to be circumvented by FIFA or anyone else. Now we just need to wait and see what happens,” Mazzola Kamara said.
“But Isha won’t be reinstated, so the CAF match is definitely not happening. It’s unfortunate but it is what it is.”
“Corruption is the biggest emergency Sierra Leone faces right now, and these actions from FIFA are nothing less than a violation of our national sovereignty,” Kaifala said.
“They may have their rules but we also have our own and will not be bullied around. We will play the game in our hearts even if they bar us from playing with them.”
CAF is yet to take a decision on the latest situation. The African football governing body is likely to expel Sierra Leone from the 2019 Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Black Stars are already in camp preparing for the game at the Babayara Sports Stadium.
By Frank Darkwah