Madam Isha Johansen, SLFA President
At a Cocktail Dinner at the Country Lodge Hotel in Freetown, members of the football fraternity in Sierra Leone on 21 March celebrated and honoured the President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Madam Isha Johansen on her election as FIFA Executive Council member.
The event was graced by football fans, veterans, members of SLFA, stakeholders and members of the public. The occasion was to celebrate Madam Johansen and Sierra Leone’s success in world football as she has become the first Sierra Leonean who has made such a feat in global football administration.
The General Secretary of the SLFA, Christopher Kamara, highlighted the several roles the SLFA boss is playing at CAF and FIFA, and further explained how her current FIFA roles will benefit Sierra Leone football, noting, “Sierra Leone has a lot to benefit from Isha’s position at FIFA.”
The Deputy Director of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Dr. Abdul Rahman Swaray, congratulated Madam Johansen on her incredible achievement. “I am very much proud to be part of this history,” he said. The Chairman of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Sports, Hon. Alu Conteh, also joined well-wishers in congratulating the SLFA President.
Making her statement, Her Worship the Mayor of Freetown City, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer expressed joy in seeing women taking the lead in administration. She explained that Madam Johansen started her leadership role in school (St. Joseph Secondary School). “Isha was my senior prefect when we were in school. Her journey demonstrates that anything is possible.”
In her keynote address, Isha Johansen extended gratitude to everyone who has played a role in her journey. “I want to thank God and my parents for their support to reach this height. I want to extend my gratitude to the football family for their support so far,” she said. The SLFA boss also called for unity among the football family. “We have to come together. You don’t have to like Isha Johansen. But please embrace what we bring to the table. This win is for Sierra Leone,” she added, and appealed for peace.