Isha Johansen eyes FIFA presidency in future


November 19, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

President of Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Isha Johansen, has not ruled out her chances of contesting for the world football governing body, FIFA, presidency in future.

The SLFA president was recently touted by international journalists at the Trust Women conference on women’s rights, run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in United Kingdom (UK), as a possible FIFA presidential candidate.

In her reaction, the 51-year-old SLFA boss said the time was not right for her to go for the top job, but did not rule out the opportunity to contest for the position in the near future.

“If I can successfully accomplish the things I want to do I can see no reason why I would not want to go for the top job eventually,” Johansen said in an interview on Tuesday.

“Women definitely should try to aspire to high places … but I am too new in my role to consider this now,” she added, speaking on the side-lines of the Trust Women conference on women’s rights run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

With FIFA getting ready for a fresh election in February following an indictment of 14 football officials for alleged corruption and President Sepp Blatter suspended ahead of the February polls, Johansen said it is a shame that no woman is in the running for the FIFA presidency.

“It was a shame that no women were in the running for next year’s presidency but I believe this could change in the future as women will take a greater role in the sport,” said Johansen.

Already, Johansen is hoping to get more women into leadership roles in the public and private sectors that would inspire a new generation of women. She said she would personally be a role model to other women who intend to go into football administration.