The 64th FIFA Congress ended in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Wednesday 11 June with President Blatter announcing that there will be an increment in the disbursements to the six Confederations and the member associations. FIFA will give $750,000 to member associations, with each Confederation getting $7 million.
Meanwhile FIFA President, Sepp Blatter made special mention of the Sierra Leonean Football Association, President, and Isha Johansen at the Congress. Johansen is the only female leading a football association in the whole world and Mr Blatter asked her to stand and while the Congress applauded and paid tribute to her. Blatter said Johansen was in a unique situation where she was pitted against 208 men. The FIFA President also paid tribute to first ever elected FIFA female executive member and CAF co-opted executive member, Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera. Nsekera is a former Burundi Football Association President. Africa produced the first female president a football association when Wesley took control of Liberian Football Association in 2004. Wesley, Nsekera and now Johansen have created a mark in world and African football as the only three female bosses of national football associations.
Sierra Leone FA President, Isha Johansen later told Cafonline.com that it was a proud moment for her when the whole Congress applauded her but she had been startled when Mr Blatter mentioned her name, “It came as a shock to me and he doesn’t seem to miss a bit at all and he even just rolled out my name. It capped what has been a really good couple of days starting with our CAF General Assembly where l was welcomed with warm embraces by fellow association presidents and had opportunity to CAF football family at large.” Said Johansen