President Koroma resolves SLFA crisis


The President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma in photo has called for the struggle to remove Isha Johansen as Football Association head to end immediately after a meeting with the rival factions.

President Koroma has ordered a new date for Congress. The meeting was attended by Minister of Sports Paul Kamara, SLFA President Isha Johansen, rival chairman Alhaji Unisa Alim ‘Awoko’ Sesay, the Inspector General of Police Francis Munu.

Johansen, 50, became president of the Sierra Leone Football Association unopposed on 3 August 2013 after a controversial election.

The sports minister and Mr Sesay, who has assumed the role as interim SLFA chairman, proposed for a new Congress in a month’s time, but Johansen suggested March or April 2015.

The disagreement over the date for a new Congress continues until President Koroma informed all parties that he will fix a date for a new Congress when situation stable in regards to security and the health issues.

Football Sierra Leone sources further revealed that Isha Johansen also pleaded with the President for access to the FA bank account as she wanted to pay her employees and the President agreed to her request.

It could be recalled that Football administrators December 20th, 2014 have resolved to oust sitting Sierra Leone Football Association executive led by its president Isha Johansen in a powerful statement.

The officials, who perform various membership roles in the running of football in the country, had already formed a nine-man interim committee which, according to the group have supposed to be running football in the country, starting on Monday 22 December for a period not exceeding six month.

Johansen was stunned by accusations of a gross breach of protocol and disrespect for her affiliates of the Football Association – but it seems now that her rivals will have to do with this latest development and wait for a new date to impeach the FA boss.

By Alie Bittar


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