“FC Johansen was borne out of a humanitarian venture” – Isha Johansen

The founder of FC Johansen Isha Johansen said the club was borne out of a humanitarian venture between her Norwegian husband and herself to assist mostly displaced and orphaned youngsters she saw for months playing football in a neighbourhood field a few metres from her house. Not long after its founding, Johansen said the club became the Harlem Globetrotters of Sierra Leone travelling around the world participating in youth world cups in Sweden, the Mayor’s Cup in Las Vegas, playing against the Real Madrid youth side, to name but a few.

The FC Johansen’s supremo revealed she never intended to either buy or own a premier club, saying she used football to empower and inspire the youth, including women.   Johansen disclosed that in 2011, she entered the race to occupy the highest seat in football in the country a week before the closing date, winning the election after.