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Sierra Leone football conspiracy theory

Sierra Leone football conspiracy theory

Stakeholders frown at Norwegian citizen

Some members of the Sierra Leone football stakeholders have informed Sierra Express Media, UK sport correspondent, about what they describe as a deliberate collusion by some members of the Sierra Leone football authorities, through the Normalization Committee, to turn a blind eye to the fact that one of the contenders for the Sierra Leone Football Association Presidential election is not a Sierra Leonean.  (Photo: Isha Johansen)

On Thursdays 25 July 2013, 85% of football stakeholders this correspondent talked to are crying foul over an alleged conspiracy in support of the wife of the Honorary Consular of Norway in Sierra Leone, Mr Johansen.

It’s a fact that Mr Johansen’s wife, Isha Johansen, who is in the race for SLFA’s presidency is not a Sierra Leonean anymore by law.  She is a Norwegian after her marriage to the consular and Norwegian law does not allow a person of diplomatic status to hold dual nationality except in certain circumstances.

The Stakeholders are accusing her of dumping her Sierra Leone citizenship for a Norwegian citizenship but now wants to vie for the football highest seat in the country.  The stakeholders went further to state that it is because of this fact that her supporters wanted to turn the table round and mount a racist calumny and sly campaign of defamation against her immediate contender Rodney Michael, who was also accused by the Minister of Sport Paul Kamara that he is not a Sierra Leonean and he is not supposed to stand for a prominent position in the country.

In recent media reports, Mrs Isha Johansen accused sport administrators of “a lack of patriotism, discipline and integrity.” She said this had left the Sierra Leone Football Association “in a total mess”.

Arguably she is well known for developing youth football in Sierra Leone, and was the second to officially declare her intention for the hot seat, after stated she is brainwaved by the current president of the Burundi Football Federation, Lydia Nsekera, and Izetta Wesley – the former head of the Liberian FA.

They wonder how the 47-year old Norwegian the founder of Sierra Leone Premier League club, FC Johansen has guaranteed to cover up all football corruption from the past regime in exchange for vote and gets away with that.

A few weeks ago the Sierra Leone State House director of communication, Unisa Sesay categorically cleared the air that the Sierra Leone Government will not attempt to choke any plot towards SLFA’s electoral process.

Another media report recently stated that Sierra Leone’s longest serving football administrator, Alhaji Unisa Alim Sesay according to CAF, FIFA and SLFA constitutions, all four aspirants for the upcoming presidential election are qualified.

However with this latest accusation Mrs Johansen’s illegibility will be contested by stakeholders and delegates ahead of the August 3rd election.

Meanwhile the long awaited election was postponed again because of district and regional football association elections.

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  • In Sierra Leone, women rule. Electing Isha Johansen as SLFA prezo is unprecedented therefore has to be sincerely welcomed by all patriotic citizens especially football loving fans. It is a milestone in our country’s quest to attain meaningful development and shrink the unfair gender inequality that has gripped the perpetual culture of male dominance in Sierra Leone since colonial days.
    She should be allowed to reign in order to make immense impact to our country’s sporting challenging’s particularly to modify the way SLFA used to operate and also exploit the talents of sport women and men on offer. There should be no qualms, all should sincerely, coherently and firmly team together to make our Leone Stars the team to beat. The talents of young people in Sierra Leone have to be fruitful and make us proud again. It is conspicuous that, sports bring people together; thus we must embrace the spirit of sport and strive to conquer global football.

    4th August 2013
  • Sport is about the health of any nation, from a medical prospective there should not be a fight between the candidate with high density lipoprotein ( Isha) and that with low density lipoprotein. Sports is to propagate a healthy lifestyle to the young , elderly and middle age , but not the opposite a sumo like or sea bear like or Sea calf like official is not an option in the realm of sports.

    27th July 2013
  • let the woman stand she is still a sierra leonean what has the men done for salone football nothing but just eat money that they cant account for. let see what a woman can do and to this news paper dont let them use this media to tell the women of sierra leone they cant do anything. just saying my heart.

    26th July 2013

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