President of Sierra Leone Football Association Isha Johansen Suspended Amid Inquiry

By Owolabi Abiola/First ZealMedia Cast

Isha Johansen has been suspended from her position as Sierra Leone FA (SLFA) president while she is investigated by the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).The ruling taken by the SLFA executive committee also extends to the body’s secretary general Christopher Kamara.The decision is in line with ACC rules which state that public officials indicted with corruption charges must be suspended until their case reaches a conclusion.

Johansen and Kamara are due to make their first appearance in Sierra Leone’s High Court on Monday.Both have previously denied any wrongdoing.SLFA vice-president Brima Mazola Kamara, a former Sierra Leonean international, assumes the role of president with immediate effect while Abdul Rahman will act as secretary general.

FIFA in July delayed an ordinary congress to set up elections for new executive members while its own integrity checks were carried out, but said Johnsen could continue in her role.

The two top football executives were charged just two days after Johansen announced she would contest the next SLFA election.

Minister of Sports Ahmed Khanou who supervises the activities of the association was not available for comment on the indictment on Thursday.

Fifteen Sierra Leonean players and officials were suspended in July 2014 over suspect matches including a 2010 World Cup qualifier against South Africa, notably implicating former Leone Stars captain Ibrahim Kargbo.

A Sierra Leonean-Lebanese football administrator, Rodney Michael, is also accused of links to sports betting company Mercury International, a major financier of sports activities in Sierra Leone.

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