Sports Minister threatens to dismiss technical team
By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Minister of Sports Paul Mohamed Kamara has threatened to sack the entire technical team of the national U-20 team of Sierra Leone, Shooting Stars, following their 0-2 home defeat to the Black Satellites of Ghana.
Shooting Stars went down through a Dennis Tetteh goal in the 38th minute before the visitors sealed their victory in the 82nd minute.
The match was among the 2015 CAF U-20 African Youth Championship second round first leg qualifying games slated for the weekend, and it was the first ever between the two teams.
Minister Kamara told a cross-section of journalists after the match that he will dismiss the entire technical team if the defeat was due to poor team selection.
“If I found out that the technical team is responsible for our two zero defeat in Bo, I will sack them immediately,” threatened the tough-talking Sports Minister. “When we eliminated Guinea and qualified to play Ghana, the technical team and I had a meeting that lasted for three hours, and in that meeting we all agreed that we should stick with the team that eliminated Guinea to play Ghana. If they went ahead and changed the team, it means they are sabotaging the ministry and for that I am going to sack them all.”
Mr. Kamara further told sports journalists that he is planning a meeting with the technical team to know what went wrong. He said if the technical team failed to give convincing reason why they decided to change the squad, then “they will not be in charge of the return leg”.
However, the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and members of the U-20 technical team are yet to make any statement on the issue.