Sierra Leone has appealed against its suspension by world football’s top body on charges of government interference.
After a crisis meeting on Monday with the government, the Sierra Leone Football Association sent a letter to FIFA asking it to lift the suspension so that the country can play Ghana in looming qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations.
It said it would dispatch a delegation to FIFA headquarters in Zurich for talks.
The West African nation was rocked last week when FIFA suspended it for government interference.
The backstop is rooted in a move by the country’s anti-corruption commission to sack SLFA president Isha Johansen and general secretary Christopher Kamara during an ongoing probe into corruption and mismanagement.
The meeting on Monday took place in the State House, the official residence of President Julius Maada Bio, in the capital Freetown, ministers said.
“(The) government met with Isha and (her) secretary general,so as to commence the mediation process for the lifting of the FIFA ban,” Sports Minister Ibrahim Nyelenkeh told AFP.
“We want FIFA to reverse the suspension to enable us (to) participate in a CAF pending game with Ghana this month,” he said.
“We are very hopeful that FIFA will lift the suspension after our mediation process.”