The campaign team of Sierra Leone Football Association presidential aspirant, Rodney Michael, together with some football stakeholders and fans yesterday (Wednesday August 15) staged a peaceful protest against the Sports minister's decision to suspend their candidate.
The protest march, which commenced from Government Model junction, saw Michael's supporters and campaign team displaying placards with different massages chiding the minister and showing massive support for the former Premier League Board chairman.
Some of the placards read: 'Mr. Minister nor Pwell we APC party', 'Black and White Sierra Leonean...Racism', 'We Beg Nor Kill Football Mr. Paul Kamara', 'The Hope for Salone Football...Rodney Michael', 'Paul Nar Minister of Borku Tok'.
Presenting their case to the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Youth and Sports, Idrissa Mago Tarawallie - chairman of the Rodney Michael Campaign Team - described the minister's decision to ban their candidate from all football-related matters as political interference, noting that Minister Kamara's recent racial comments against Michael were unfortunate and uncalled for.
According to Tarawallie, they want the Parliamentary Committee to address the issue as they prepare for the SLFA Congress, which he said is very important towards the development of the country's football.
In his response, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Youth and Sports, Hon. Nurudeen Sankoh Yillah, promised the aggrieved protesters that they are going to look into the issue and quickly address it.