February 8, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.
World football governing body, FIFA, presidential hopeful, Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa has pledged to extend a helping hand towards the development of football in Sierra Leone.
The Asian Football Confederation president, who is one of the contenders for the FIFA presidency, told the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) president Madam Isha Johansen in Kigali, Rwanda, that he would extend a helping hand towards the development of football in Sierra Leone whether he wins or loses the 26 February elections.
He said: “This is not a political promise, but one borne out of the desire to help a very powerful woman like Isha. Whether I win or lose, I will help you to develop your federation and football in Sierra Leone”.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Al Khalifa’s bid to succeed Sepp Blatter got a major boost last Friday after the African Football Confederation announced they are backing the Bahraini royal for the FIFA hot seat.
After the CAF executive committee meeting in Rwanda, the Confederation said that it would “fully support” the Asian soccer confederation president, and also urged its 54 member countries to vote for him.