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‘Football is more than just a game’

...says SLFA president

September 21, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

“Football is more than just a game… It’s a healer and a unifier,” said the embattle president of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Madam Isha Johansen, while donating food and non-food items to flood victims currently being sheltered at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown.

The SLFA boss was among the first set of donors to join the government at the stadium in donating food and non-food items to victims of the torrential rain which caused heavy flooding in most parts of the capital last Wednesday.

Presenting the items on behalf of the football family to the emergency committee, Madam Johansen expressed her sincere condolences to those families who have lost their loved ones to the flooding, and expressed concerns for those rendered homeless.

She appealed to all victims to exercise patience and have faith in God, noting: “It’s a natural reaction. Football is more than just a game… It’s a healer and a unifier.”

SLFA vice president, Brima Mazolla Kamara, assured the victims that the donation will not be the last as they would be monitoring their situation and might come in at any time they deem necessary.

Receiving the items, the emergency committee members thanked the SLFA for their “timely intervention”, and assured that the items would be used for its intended purpose.

The donated items include: 200 bags of rice, 200 bundles of water, 5 bales of clothing including a bale of blankets and other beddings, 2 bags of sugar, 2 bags of milk, 5 containers of cooking oil, 1 carton peak milk, 4 cartons of sugar, and 6 boxes of cornflakes for the children.

The Madam Johansen SLFA administration is still at war with football stakeholders, who say they no longer recognise her administration. The fighting still rages on despite several efforts by President Ernest Bai Koroma to resolve the impasse.

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