In a world of African football which is feminized slowly, Isha Johansen did figure rising star. But the rise of the president of the Football Association of Sierra Leone (SLFA) may have suffered a setback, this September 7, 2016.
This businesswoman, 51, who joined the football world in 2004 by founding a club to her name, was arrested along with two other leaders of the SLFA for alleged embezzlement. Isha Johansen, her vice president Brima Kamara, and its general secretary Chris Kamara, were then taken to the office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The money given by FIFA to the heart of the investigation
According to the head of CCA, Ady Macauley, quoted by AFP, all three were arrested for “inconsistencies in the financial report of the SLFA of state funds and donations of $ 3.5 million dollars . ”
The use of subsidies paid by the International Football Federation (FIFA) would be particularly concerned, since the beginning of the mandate of Isha Johansen in 2013. The SFLA would, according to the ACC, refused to answer questions, the Federation accusing the anti-corruption Commission of political interference in its affairs and those of FIFA.
No official reactions football
For now, neither FIFA nor the SFLA nor the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have reacted to this case. This comes four days after the Sierra Leone team has passed near a qualification to the African Cup of Nations in 2017.
It also falls three weeks before an extraordinary general meeting of the CAF during which it will have to elect two new members in the Council of FIFA, including a woman .
A Fifa, Isha Johansen is currently a member of the Commission’s security and integrity, as well as the Women’s Football Committee.