At a well-attended congress held at the French Centre in Bo, 15 delegates of the southern region elected Kofi Johnson as the new football chief executive of Bo Sunday.
Johnson has been in football for a long time and has contributed to the development of Bo football in his own little way.
Outgoing Chairman Rodney Michael said he decided to resign after serving 23 years in Bo football so as to give other people chance to work. During his 23 years, Michael spent 8 years as chairman and 15 years as an executive of the Bo District football association.
Michael said he pledged before the SLFA Congress that after the congress, he is going to pave way for another person to come on board with his own idea and build on what he has done.
After he began to serve at the age of 14 in 1992, Michael took a break when he went to England and returned in 1996 to finance some of the programmes of the district. He officially became chairman of the Bo district football association in 2000.
Michael said one of his greatest achievements since he took over as Bo chairman is maintaining the two premier league clubs. He now resigns his position leaving two premier league clubs and one division-I club.
Additional clubs, including female teams, have come on board, but it is difficult to sustain them because funding is not available, Michael said.
He went further that Bo is the only district in Sierra Leone that is organizing annual referee courses. He also mentioned that FIFA Referee Ahmed Bangura, one of the highest ranking FIFA referees in the country, is one of his personnel used in the sponsored referee courses.
As chairman of Bo district, Michael says he has never received or handled any funding from Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA). The region received funding once, which was sent for Female football and, as such, was handled by the female executive.
Michael’s most challenging issue as chairman was finance, as “many people like to talk, but don’t like to contribute anything. Most of the time I take out of my own pocket as the district association has no means of getting income,” he said.
“I have resigned as chairman of Bo district, but I am still in football and I will still support the new executive,” he added.
Michael is trying nationwide to build up his CV so that people all over the country will know who Rodney Michael is – not only the people in the Southern Region.
Michael said that those who have now been elected to run the Bo district football association have the ability to perform and deliver the goods as they have what it takes to lift football in Bo and he wishes them good luck in their new assignment.