FREETOWN: Isha Johansen has become only the second female leader of a national governing body after being appointed as president of the Sierra Leone Football Association.

Johansen was elected unopposed after a controversial process which had seen three other candidates disqualified after world federation FIFA approved an SLFA disqualiication of Mohamed Kallon, Rodney Michael and Foday Turay from the presidential polls.

Johansen’s first task will be to ensure the resumption of league football in the West African country after clubs staged a boycott in the wake of the bans handed to the three presidential candidates.

She said: “I want to use this holy month of Ramadan and this opportunity to extend my hand of peace to Rodney Michael, Mohamed Kallon and Foday Turay. I’m the winner but I don’t consider them as losers.

“We can work together because I don’t have all the ideas – I appeal for the anger to stop. In the next three months we’ll be holding an extraordinary conference to map out the way forward, we’ll have a blueprint.”

Lydia Nsekera of Burundi is the only other female federation president. Nskera also became, last year, the first woman member of the FIFA executive committee.


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