Freetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | Sierra Leone’s anti-graft agency indicted the country’s football federation president Isha Johansen and secretary general Chris Kamara on six counts of abuse of office and corruption on Thursday, following a year of investigations.
The indictment was issued in Freetown by Anti-Corruption Commission chief Ade Macauley, who said he had “sufficient evidence” of the alleged misuse of donor and government funds by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).
The SLFA has been rocked by crisis after crisis linked to match fixing allegations, corruption and poor leadership through Johansen’s tenure.
Both Johansen and Kamara are expected to appear in court on October 30, and have previously denied any wrongdoing.
Johansen and Kamara were first arrested in September 2016 over alleged corruption offences, but were released without charge.
FIFA in July delayed an ordinary congress to set up elections for new executive members while its own integrity checks were carried out, but said Johnsen could continue in her role.
The two top football executives were charged just two days after Johansen announced she would contest the next SLFA election.
Minister of Sports Ahmed Khanou who supervises the activities of the association was not available for comment on the indictment on Thursday.
Fifteen Sierra Leonean players and officials were suspended in July 2014 over suspect matches including a 2010 World Cup qualifier against South Africa, notably implicating former Leone Stars captain Ibrahim Kargbo.
A Sierra Leonean-Lebanese football administrator, Rodney Michael, is also accused of links to sports betting company Mercury International, a major financier of sports activities in Sierra Leone.