The newly-appointed Sierra Leonean FA president who happens to be the first woman to hold the post is determined to bring the women game into the limelightThe newly-appointed FA president of Sierra Leone Isha Johansen has stated that her appointment signifies the dawn of a new era in football and has vowed to boost the women game.
Johansen, 48, ran unopposed in Saturday’s election for the presidency of the Sierra Leone Football Association after her rival candidates were all disqualified.
“I am looking forward to a more healthy and renewed football in Sierra Leone," she told reporters in Freetown after her appointment.
“People should expect a president who will encourage the development of football, bringing in more education, as there are so many young kids who want to play football but don’t want to go to school. We shall also see female football grow.”
Former Inter Milan and Monaco striker Mohamed Kallon was disqualified from the rae as he had not been a recent Sierra Leone resident, while Rodney Michael and Foday Turay were ruled out for links to gambling.
Johansen, who founded and runs the Sierra Leone Premier League side FC Johansen with her Norwegian husband Arne Birger Johansen, is appealing for unity within the FA.
“I have stretched forth my hand, an olive branch, and I have asked for peace and sanity to prevail, and have asked for calm and for all bickering and fighting to stop so that we can all work together," she said.
Johansen will be one of two female football chiefs in the global game, alongside Lydia Nsekera of Burundi.