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Stakeholders frown at Johansen FIFA congress representation

May 27, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

The stalemate in the running of the country’s football continues unabated as stakeholders are now campaigning against the FIFA recognised SLFA president, Isha Johansen and her executive, representing them in the upcoming 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich.

Madam Johansen, alongside two other Executive Committee members, is expected to represent Sierra Leone in the May 28-29, 2015 FIFA congress, which will also proceed with a presidential election.

However, the Alhaji Unisa Alim ‘Awoko’ Sesay group is against Madam Johansen representing the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) at the congress.

Their call to stop the embattled president from attending the congress came just three days after President Ernest Bai Koroma, through his secretary, had called on FIFA to send a mediation team to resolve the football crisis in the country.

In his latest correspondence dated May 23, 2015 and addressed to the FIFA Secretary General, ‘Awoko’ Sesay – who now goes by the persona “Members’ Chairman” – stated that Madam Johansen is no longer legitimate to represent the SLFA in any local or international forum.

“Johansen can no longer legally represent the SLFA in any local or international forum, including the forthcoming FIFA Congress to be held in Zurich,” insisted Sesay. “She has brought the game into disrepute for manipulating delegates, thus depriving us of our constitutional right as enshrined in Article 12 of the SLFA constitution.”