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SLFA, others to get US$750,000 each from FIFA

The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and other 208 member associations will receive US$750,000 each this year from football world governing body, FIFA as an addition to their Financial Assistance Programme (FAP).

FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter made the announcement when giving his closing remarks at the 64th FIFA Congress in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Blatter said the money will be disbursed in two phases as each national association would receive US$250,000 immediately and the balance US$500,000 will be given by the end of the year or in January 2015.

Blatter added: “The FIFA gold project is now valued at US$7m. US$2.5m will be given to each Confederation immediately and the remaining US$4.5 will be disbursed at the end of the year.” He didn’t mention where all these monies are coming from but FIFA normally gets huge sums of money from television rights and sponsorships.

Meanwhile, the FIFA president also made special mention of the Sierra Leonean Football Association (SLFA) president, Isha Johansen at the Congress.

Johansen is the only female leading a football association in the whole world and Mr. Blatter asked her to stand while the Congress applauded and paid tribute to her.

Blatter said Mrs. Johansen was in a unique situation where she was pitted against 208 men. The FIFA president also paid tribute to the first ever elected FIFA female executive member and CAF co-opted executive member, Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera.

Nsekera is a former Burundi Football Association President.

Africa produced the first female president of a football association when Wesley took control of the Liberian Football Association in 2004. Wesley, Nsekera and now Johansen have created a mark in world and African football as the only three female bosses of national football associations.

Sierra Leone’s FA president, Isha Johansen later told Cafonline.com that it was a proud moment for her when the whole Congress applauded her but she had been startled when Blatter mentioned her name. “It came as a shock to me and he doesn’t seem to miss a bit at all and he even just rolled out my name. It capped what has been a really good couple of days starting with our CAF General Assembly where l was welcomed with warm embraces by fellow association presidents and had opportunity to CAF football family at large,” said Johansen.

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