By Abdul Rahman Suagibu –
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, Freetown, Sierra Leone- After the High Court in Freetown acquitted Isha Johansen and the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Secretary General – Christopher Kamara of corruption charges, she is rubbing shoulders with iconic female Heads of State and Leaders from the world of football, politics and society in Paris.
Twenty four nations participating in the 8th edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, leaders from the world of football politics and society converged for a two day convention in Paris prior to the commencement of the ongoing female football world cup.
This event is unprecedented in its magnitude where discussions about the development of women’s game, social benefits of football for women and girls and female empowerment were the focus.
FIFA newly re –elected President Gianni Infantino and the first female FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura from Senegal were the hosts in France. Isha Johansen, a global icon and change maker was among the pool of international influencers in the word of football and gender empowerment through sports and politics.
In her media interviews, she expressed how excited she was with the goodwill and congratulations extended to her on her court victory. Her proudest moment was meeting the first Female President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde. ” When she said to me I know who you are congratulations”, my heart skipped a bit. Such an amazing woman”, Isha Johansen said.
Johansen also engaged with another dynamic female political leader the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley, QC, MP who also doubles as the Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment.
She stressed that, she is focused and committed now more than ever to rebuild Sierra Leone’s fractured football industry. “I am more determined now than ever to see Sierra Leone and in particular Sierra Leone football attains its peak and flies the pride of our nation. No single or groups will distract these national vision”. Isha said.
For New Africa Business News Abdul Rahman Suagibu Reports, Africa Correspondent