Doubts trail Gambia and Sierra Leone U17 World Cup clash

By Johnny Mendy

GAMBIA, October 26, 2017The FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup Qualifier between Gambia and Sierra Leone has been thrown into doubt as the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) asked for a postponement of the return leg in Banjul scheduled for Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Esther Marie is the team’s Media Officer and she said: ” Our FA has written a letter to the Gambia FA for the match to be postponed on the 29th (to a later date) because we would be coming on Saturday.”

Sierra Leone take a 3-0 deficit from the first leg away at Freetown and was scheduled to land in Banjul on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the second leg on Saturday, October 28, but failed to do so.

Goals from Catherine Jatta, Aminata Camara and Ola Bowaro, inspired Gambia’s win and the Independence Stadium in Bakau is set to relive the return battle at 4pm.

Reacting to their delayed arrival, Esther Marie stated the decision stemmed from the SLFA’s silence.

“The girls seem to be frustrated because we’ve not heard from the administration as the FA president is currently not in town.”

However, Gambia’s FA is yet to officially comment on the issue at hand.

The SLFA has been embroiled in a political saga as it was reported on Tuesday, October 24, that the President of the SLFA, Isha Johansen, as well as the Secretary General Christopher Kamara, have been sacked with immediate effect by the executive committee of the SLFA, as both have been indicted by the Sierra Leone Anti Corruption Commission on grounds of alleged corruption.

Mazola Kamara, who is SLFA First Vice President and a former Sierra Leone international, has been given charge on an interim basis and is expected to steer the ship in accordance with the SLFA statutes.

While the host team awaits concrete news from their counterparts from Sierra Leone, it is understood that a Women’s Football Symposium is ongoing at the Paradise Suite Hotel, organised by the Gambian Football Federation (GFF).

The winner from this round will face their Ghanian equivalents (Black Maidens) for the first leg second round preliminary between 1st and 3rd and the second leg between the 15th and 17th December, 2017.