Maddieu A A T Kabba
An aspirant for the Presidency of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Mr. Rodney Michael has said that a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.
Officially declaring for the position at the Old Skool, at Hill station in Freetown on Tuesday, May 22, he explained that his journey into football started twenty six years ago when as a young boy of fourteen he was invited to be a member of the Bo District Football Association.
He stated that all throughout these years the only reward that has continued to spur him on and provided him with renewed energy against all other obstacles and frustrations is the appreciation he has continued to receive from stakeholders right across the country.
He said he wanted to thank the football family for the friendship which has been reflected in the extraordinarily warm reception he and his team has received in all the twelve districts during his consultations with the stakeholders to contest for the SLFA Presidency.
“I have opted to present a speech like a synopsis of our manifesto here tonight, but let me assure you that a comprehensive manifesto has been prepared and it will be distributed to you in the very near future,” he explained.
He also explained that the ‘The Rodney Michael for SLFA President 2012’ does not consider other contenders as oppositions but rather as partners in development, with different ideologies and philosophies on the way forward for football.
He pledged, on behalf of his campaign team, that he will endeavour to avoid commenting on the inadequacies and short falls of others or the FA Executive, but rather, he will be concentrating on promoting the rich list of proposals they have put together to improve the game in the country.
He revealed that they will introduce prudent policies and measures to ensure administrative, financial and technical accountability not only to the members of the FA, but to the public as a whole, with quarterly reports and statements posted on an SLFA website to be managed by professionals for all to access, noting that these will be introduced at regional and district levels as well.