Sierra Leone coach focused on football, not FIFA ban

Sierra Leone coach John Keister says he is not letting the possibility of a FIFA ban affect him as he focuses on the task of qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Keister’s side are set to face Ghana in back-to-back 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers despite the threat of a FIFA ban hanging over them.

FIFA is unhappy that the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) President Isha Johansen and Secretary general Chris Kamara have been set aside by the country’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC)

Outside interference into the running of a football association is in contravention of Fifa statutes.

“It’s not my business to be honest. My business is football,” coach Keister told BBC Sport.

“I’m concentrating on what I’m doing which is coaching the players and making sure we’re ready for matches that are very important for Sierra Leone.”

Johansen and Kamara are being investigated by the ACC over “abuse of office and misuse of public funds.”

Football’s world governing body is set to meet with both the Sierra Leone government and SLFA officials to address the latest impasse.

Separately FIFA is trying to address other issues in Sierra Leone football including an ongoing match-fixing investigation, delays to FA elections and the need for integrity checks on officials hoping to contest executive positions.

Sierra Leone are away to Kenya in November 2018 and then at home to Ethiopia next March – matches which could also be affected by a possible ban.

Keister has named a 21-man squad for their Group F matches against Ghana in Kumasi on 11 October and in Freetown four days later.