International French Media (RFI) has listed Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) President Isha Johansen in Top Ten Women who “Make African Football.”
Tanzanian club Simba SC made this announcement while announcing the appointment of Barbara Gonzalez as President, an illustration of the growing role of women in African football.
Madam Johansen is a strong business woman who has made her mark in the world of Sierra Leonean football.
She has held the reins since 2013 before extending her influence to the whole continent. Very active in the promotion of women’s football, she chairs the Commission dedicated to it within CAF.
Isha Johansen founded her own football club, F.C. Johansen, in 2004. The club was started with the objective of giving guidance and opportunities to children whose lives had been disrupted by the recent Sierra Leone Civil War (1991-2002). It began playing in Division One in 2011 and was promoted to the Premier League the following year.
Johansen was elected President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) unopposed on 3rd August 2013, after her main opponent, former Sierra Leone international footballer Mohamed Kallon was disqualified by the Sierra Leone Football Executive committee for not meeting the SLFA residency requirement in the country.