The FIFA Normalization Committee headed by Mr. Alie Fornah is to account for the sum of U$115, 000. The huge financial gap was discovered after the country’s foreign football account at the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLBC) went red immediately after the end of the Normalization Committee’s tenure.
Documentary evidence indicates that between January and June 2013, the outgoing members of the Normalization Committee debited the sum of USD115, 628 from the said account for questionable reasons.
Here are some facts below….
On the 7th of February 2013, the Chairman of the Normalization Committee, Ali Fornah, withdrew U$1,500 from the said account to attend an all-expense-paid-for CAF Congress including per diem.
On 1st March 2013, the Accountant at SLFA, Jonathan Leigh, on behalf of the Committee, withdrew U$7,600 for Leone Stars’ World Cup qualifier in Tunisia despite funds been provided by the government to take care of all arrangements such as air tickets for players and officials, match bonus and per diem, among others.
The documents further show that on 6th March 2013, for the same match, Ali Fornah reportedly collected USD2, 100 and the Secretary General, Abdul Rahman Swaray, USD 1,000 all from the FA coffers.
Ironically, between March 1-6 this year, the Committee withdrew a total of U$10, 700 for the same match in question.
Furthermore on May 24th 2013 Milton Boyle reportedly collected USD1, 800, Ali Fornah USD1, 800 and Abdul Rahman Swaray USD 1,200 to attend the FIFA Congress -.
According to our findings, FIFA took care of all travelling, feeding and lodging expenses as well as other allowances of their delegates, yet the three gentlemen went ahead to collect double allowances from the FA and FIFA.
Regardless of all the alleged frauds, the Normalization Committee went auxiliary to stage-manage the SLFA congress, the Chairman, had the enthusiasm to tell his audience that there was no financial report to submit, adding that a suitable date would be communicated to stakeholders to account for their stewardship.
By Martin Wusha Conteh:mysierraleoneonline.com