Sierra Leone FA boss is “innocent” of corruption charges

September 10, 2016 Articles Leave a comment

Isha Johansen

Following her release from detention in Freetown, Isha Johansen, president of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), has denied being guilty of the corruption accusations laid against her, SLFA Vice-President Brima ‘Mazola’ Kamara and General Secretary Chris Kamara.

The three were arrested on Wednesday, by operatives of the country’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

Ady Macauley, head of the ACC, told Reuters that he ordered the arrests after the three officials “failed to answer to our repeated requests to report to us for an investigation into discrepancies in the financial statements of the SLFA.”

Macauley said the investigations related to “donor funds” from the world football governing body, FIFA, but did not give further details.

In a message sent to this reporter on Friday, Johansen – the only female FA president in Africa and just one of two in the world – said she was “shattered but not battered” by her experience in custody.

Johansen’s full statement, released on Friday, is below:

“Events over the past 48 hours involving my arrest by the Anti-Corruption (Commission) and subsequent custody by the CID left me shocked and mortified. 

“I am happy to report that I have been released without any charges.

“My innocence in any allegation/s involving corruption or related offences is undisputed.

“My fourteen year career in football administration globally and nationally has from the onset been centred around bringing INTEGRITY and GOOD GOVERNANCE into football in the belief that healthy football family can contribute to creating a healthy nation. 

“I thank the numerous well-wishers from every nation, creed and gender, whose prayers and cries echoed through the walls where I was held overnight.

“SIERRA LEONE FOOTBALL IS ON A JOURNEY. AND EVERY ROAD HAS ITS BUMPY PATCH.

“We are back on the road again… God bless you all and thank you for the love.” 

Isha Johansen

 

 

 

 

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