Old Edwardians defender, Ishmael Jorjor Koroma, a.k.a. the ‘Africa Cannavaro’, will captain the Sierra Leone national U-20 team, Shooting Stars, against the Syli Guinee of Guinea in the first leg preliminary rounds of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The former FC Johansen skipper, who was at the center of a transfer saga with his former employers for over a year, only returned to national team football recently, but says he is well determined to lead the U-20 squad in achieving success over their Guinean opponent on Saturday at the Wusum Mini stadium, Makeni.
“I feel great to be back in the national colours, I am happy and feel honoured to captain the team. We are determined to give all our best until the final whistle. It is not going be an easy battle for us because of the rivalry between the two nations but we are ready to produce our best,” Koroma said.
Koroma was an unused sub for the senior national team, Leone Stars against Equatorial Guinea in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers and has also had a workout with Liverpool academy, Italian side Udinese FC and in Sweden with AIK.
Meanwhile, the Shooting Stars technical team, headed by coach Alimamy K-Foot Turay, on Thursday released the final 20-man squad for tomorrow’s match.
The final squad include: Aruna Kamara, Abu Bakarr Samura, Alimamy Bundu, Saidu Fofanah, Ibrahim Conteh, Ibrahim Kamara, Yeami Dunia, Kwame Quee, Sorie Barrie, Unisa Conteh, Abdul Bangura, Ishmeal Koroma, Ibrahim Kabba, Nathaniel Tongovula, Hassan B. Koroma, Fayia Kobba, Mohamed Mansaray, Suleiman Samura, Santigie Koroma and Usif Bayoh.
Sierra Leone will host the Guineans in Makeni on 5 April for the first leg encounter before traveling to Conakry for the return leg tie in a fortnight as the two nations seek a qualification spot for the U-20 Nations Cup scheduled to take place in Senegal in 2015.