The latest development on the Sierra Leone Football Association presidential race is that bookies favourite hot contender, Rodney Michael, will not be contesting Saturday’s elective congress at the Wusum hotel in Makeni.

Michael, who was successfully ‘cleared’ by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to contest, has confirmed his withdrawal.

“With the elections only 48 hours after the decision of CÀS, I have found it extremely difficult to cope with the emotional, mental and physical stress to be able to campaign extensively and adequately for such an election,” Michael noted in his statement.

“It is, therefore, with deep regret that I inform you all of my decision to withdraw from the SLFA ELECTIONS 2021. I plead with you for forgiveness and understanding, and once more appeal for your support for this decision will always remain a difficult decision. I will forever be indebted to all of you and to Sierra Leone.”

He told this medium yesterday that he will be deciding in 24 hours after extensive consultation.

His final verdict is clear, as the race is now between Sadick Deen-Nyarkoh, Thomas Daddy Brima for Saturday’s SLFA elective congress in Makeni.