After years of disputes it appears football in Sierra Leone is set for amity among the embattled Isha Johansen led administration and football stakeholders in the country.
President of Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Isha Johansen, is on a peace mission as she calls on members of the football family for unity and peace to prevail in the sport and end all internal disputes.
She said: “The elimination by Ivory Coast taught us a real lesson. After the poor officiating that deprived us from qualification, we all felt the pain together and we were all crying together be it aggrieved party or Isha Johansen, all of us as Sierra Leoneans did.
“We can come together and build a team, let us come to the drawing board sit down for the sake of the nation and let peace prevail.”
Johansen massive media outreach on Tuesday September 6th caught the ears of the head of the aggrieved football stakeholders, Alhaji Unisa Alim Awoko Sesay who admitted to African Sports Monthly that they are open to dialogue and are ready for the peace.
He said: “We are not against her call for peace; in fact we are open to dialogue and are willing to have the football dispute resolved for the good of the game. However, we want to dialogue to have several issues addressed.”
Since she was elected in what was described as a ‘controversially election’ in August 2013, that saw her two main contender, Rodney Michael and former Inter Milan striker, Mohamed Kallon disqualified it’s been a roller coaster in Sierra Leone Football.
Since then, the Johansen’s administration has faced lot of impasse amongst stakeholders who felt cheated and despite several groups including the nation's president Ernest Bai Koroma and the world football governing body, FIFA attempting on different occasions to reunite the family, the dispute continued.