SLFA Prexy, Minister Face Parliament Today

By Musa Sesay

The Sports Committee in Parliament will today meet with the Sports Minister, Ahmed Khanou and the President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Madam Isha Johansen at the Committee Room 1, Parliament Building on Tower Hill, Freetown. This, according to Parliament sources, is expected to be final meeting summoned by the Committee for the two sports stakeholders.

In the last meeting held past Tuesday, the F.A President and her Secretary General, Christopher Kamara appeared before the Committee headed by Hon. Rado Yokie where they made stunning revelations and allegations against both the former Minister of Sports, Paul Mohamed Kamara and the current Minister for being responsible for the brouhaha in SLFA.

According to the Committee, Minister Khanou was conspicuously absent due to some other commitments.

In her subtle address, the FA President complained of sexism in football in the country, adding that she was sometimes naïve to be part of an organisation that is male dominated. She said at the time she was managing her local club, FC Johansen, many people including her rivals called her the ‘Golden Woman’ for her resilient and patriotism.

She accused the former Minister for   exposing the match fixing scandal and FIFA, she said, picked it up after it was aired on the BBC World Sports programme, adding that she was embarrassed during her maiden appearance at a FIFA meeting where, she said, she was a fished out and interogated.

She continued that speaking the truth makes one to be seen as controversial and can be hated. She however insisted that everyone must contribute positively to make Sierra Leone a better place for all. “We all owe it to our children and children’s children,” she said.

The current Minister, she told MPs, had plans to broker peace initially but that did not materialize, adding that she often admonished him to stay on track and stick to what is expected of him by playing the supporting and advisory roles to the FA.

Madam Isha further accused the Minister of reneging on the MOU and the road-map to lasting peace initiated by the FIFA Secretary General, Fatima Samoura.