The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has banned 19 officials for life from all football activity following a dispute over their Presidential election.

It has been claimed the decision taken by the SLFA Executive Committee relates to the officials violating SLFA and FIFA statues by taking cases to civil courts.

The move comes after the group of officials requested a civil court take out an injunction last month, which would prevent the existing SLFA Executive Committee from running the organisation.

Sanusi Bruski Kargbo, who had announced his intention to stand for the SLFA Presidency, was among the officials to receive a ban.

According to BBC Sport, several officials have expressed their intention to impose the ban imposed by the SLFA.

The bans came a day after SLFA President Isha Johansen was charged by Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Johansen was indicted on six counts, having been charged with abuse of office and misuse of public funds.

The SLFA’s secretary general Chris Kamara has also been charged.

Johansen, who denies wrongdoing, has announced her intention to run for a second term as President of the organisation.

“This announcement by the ACC was inevitable and predictable – I am deeply saddened,” Johansen told BBC Sport.

“It’s another sad day for justice, integrity and patriotism in Sierra Leone, another sad day for any woman who dares to pioneer change.

“I always knew that my announcement to run for a second term would provoke strong reactions.”

Both Johansen and Kamara were detained by the ACC last year, with officials and police then raiding their headquarters in the city Freetown to continue their investigation.

The investigation related to the potential abuse of funds, with the ACC claiming it included money received from donors, including FIFA.

The world governing body are set to visit the country to assist with SLFA Presidential elections, which had initially been due to take place last month.

It followed Johansen’s term officially coming to an end on August 3.

FIFA opted to postpone the elections in July, with the world governing body seeking to run integrity checks and resolve an issue related to a match-fixing inquiry.

They recently ruled that Johansen should continue in her role while integrity checks are carried out.

Question marks have been raised in Sierra Leone regarding FIFA’s decision to keep Johansen in power as she is a member of the FIFA Member Associations Committee which made the ruling.

The Committee is chaired by Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad.

Sierra Leone supported Ahmad in his successful campaign to unseat incumbent CAF head Issa Hayatou during a bitter election in March.

Critics claim the current SLFA administration has lost legitimacy because their mandate has expired.