Posted On Saturday, 3rd August 2013
Despite some continued controversy, Isha Johansen has been confirmed as the new president of the Sierra Leone Football Association with Ghana FA chief Kwesi Nyantakyi observing the proceedings for CAF.
She was unopposed in Saturday’s polls after three other candidates were disqualified from standing.
The 48-year-old becomes just the second current female football association president in the world along with Lydia Nsekera of Burundi.
Nyantakyi has now completed his task and will file his report to FIFA and the continent’s governing body over how the poll was conducted.
Johansen’s first task will be to get league football resumed after a boycott by clubs over the ban on the three presidential nominees.
The Sierra Leone elections have been surrounded in controversy for almost a year and it continued with debate over eligible voting delegates on Saturday.
In the build-up this week world football’s governing body, Fifa, endorsed the decision by the FA’s interim committee to disqualify Mohamed Kallon, Rodney Michael and Foday Turay from the presidential polls.
All three decided to boycott Saturday’s polls in protest at their expulsion from the elections.
Former Inter Milan and AS Monaco striker Kallon was ruled out because he has not lived in the country for the required “period of no less than five years prior to the congress of which they seek to be elected”.
The other two disqualified candidates from contesting the presidential race are Rodney Michael and Foday Turay, both because they contravene Article 25 of the Fifa code of Ethics which deals with betting, gambling, lotteries and similar events or transaction connected with football.
The elections were due to be held in January but but were delayed as an interim body was set-up in the wake of last year’s presidential elections in the country.
Watch an interview with Isha Johansen