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Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission raids FA offices

Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission raids FA offices

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The move comes a week after the Anti-Corruption Commission dispatched a letter for the SLFA president Isha Johansen to step down.

Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has raided the offices of the country’s football association (SLFA), BBC Sport reported on Tuesday.

The move by the ACC comes a week after they sent a letter for the SLFA president Isha Johansen to step down.

The ACC said that, under Sierra Leone legislation, Johansen and her secretary general Chris Kamara should vacate their posts while they are being investigated for match-fixing.

"Staff at the SLFA offices have been warned not to have any business with Johansen and Kamara and not to allow them into the secretariat," Alhassan Kargbo, the deputy director of the Public Education and Outreach Department at the ACC, told BBC Sport.

Both Johansen and Kamara have denied any wrongdoing.

SLFA staff were allowed to continue with their work, but the ACC warned them that "anyone who goes against the orders will face the law."

Fifa monitoring SLFA

Ahead of Tuesday’s raid by the ACC, Fifa said it was "closely monitoring developments and plans to provide the Member Associations Committee with an update on 26 September."

The raid comes shortly before a scheduled visit by a FIfa taskforce which is due to carry out an investigation into potential match-fixing in the West African country.

Since 2014, 11 officials and four players have been suspended by the SLFA due to match-fixing. However, a proper investigation is still pending.

"Fifa continues to expect that the agreed roadmap is strictly adhered to by all parties," said world football's governing body in a statement.

"In this context, the Inquiry Group Sierra Leone will be visiting the country soon to conduct its investigations."

In addition to match-fixing concerns, Fifa is also due to investigate delays to FA elections and agree the conduct of integrity checks on officials wanting to contest executive positions.

Johansen has previously been set aside by the SLFA Executive Committee, but Fifa refused to recognise this decision and continues to work with her.

Due to the divisions within the SLFA, the country has been without a domestic league for four years.

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