Isha Johansen returns with goodies from FIFA
President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Isha Johansen, has told journalists that football’s world governing body, FIFA, will fund the refurbishment of the Sierra Leone Football Association Complex.
She made this disclosure in a press conference held at the football association conference room in Kingtom after a successful visit to Zurich, where she met with FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Mrs Johansen intimated to the media that FIFA has fast tracked funds for the refurbishment and the process will commence soonest. She said a meeting with Francesco Bruscoli, FIFA head of development for Africa, gave her the opportunity to discuss possible intervention areas from FIFA after Bruscoli had reviewed projects and opportunities available to SLFA. She added that Bruscoli outlined the next steps to be undertaken by FIFA beginning with the 2013 Goal Project.
The team (FIFA) have structured the proposal as to be more flexible with the funding but strongly advised that the funds be used strategically as this first project will ascertain future funding. Bruscoli suggested that based on the needs of SLFA the funds are to be utilized to refurbish the Technical Centre, buy furniture and undertake an activity, i.e. camp, women’s football, training etc.
Johansen said that the Head of Development for Africa added that once the Technical Centre is up and running, they can continue to send their support.
In conclusion Madam Johansen said that for the execution of the Goal Project, SLFA will need to advertise for a consultant engineer or architect. The role of the consultant will be to establish the scope of the project as well as be a part of the evaluation team that will review the submitted bids. Once a reputable company has been selected, a contract will be drawn between FIFA and the company, as FIFA will pay the invoices.
It could be recalled that, the football academy or technical centre was funded by the FIFA Goal project during the Justice Tholla-Thomspon led executive era.
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