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    Sierra Leone FA denies endorsing any CAF presidential hopeful

    APA-Freetown (Sierra Leone)

    Sierra Leone's FA has distanced itself from reports that it has expressed support for one of the candidates contesting the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

    The much anticipated CAF election is slated for March 16 in Ethiopia, where long serving incumbent CAF President Issa Hayatou is challenged by Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar.

    Mr. Ahmad is the head of the Madagascar FA.

    It will be recalled that last week, a Nigerian newspaper, the Vanguard reported that Sierra Leone, among several other countries, including Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana and Gambia had openly endorsed Mr. Ahmad's candidature.

    An official of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) on Monday dismissed this as untrue and misleading.

    Sorie Ibrahim Sesay, Director of Competition at the SLFA, said its President, Isha Johansen had never identified with any of the candidates.

    Sesay, who is also the FA's spokesman, said they were yet to make any statement on the election.

    "The report is completely misleading. We all know Amaju Pinnick (Nigerian Football Federation President) is backing Ahmad, but that does not imply the SLFA boss is backing him," said Sesay.

    He added that Ms. Johansen was "keeping her card close to her chest."

    About 54 countries are set to vote in the CAF elections, which could see Hayatou, who had been in office since 1988, replaced by a member of his current executive committee.

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