June 18, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The Sierra Leone national home-based squad on Wednesday departed Freetown for Nouakchott, Mauritania via Conakry for their first leg encounter in the home-based Africa Cup of Nations (CHAN) qualifiers.
The Les Mourabitones will host the Leone Stars this weekend at the Stade Nacional in Nouakchott with a possible return leg tie at the same venue the following weekend.
According to the SLFA media team, a 27-man delegation travelled from Freetown to Conakry where they are expected to board the Air Mauritanie flight to Nouakchott.
The team’s newly appointed head coach, Abdulai ‘Kaloga’ Bah, told the SLFA official website that the boys are in high spirit and are thirsty for glory.
He expressed optimism that they would progress to the next stage of the competition in order for them to enhance their chances of qualifying to the finals of the CHAN tournament in Rwanda next year.
“This is the beginning of a very long journey but we are taking the first step today to honour this fixture, and I’m sure we will return with our heads raised up,” said Bah. “The boys are committed and are well determined to make a change in Sierra Leone football for the better.”
The Sierra Leone delegation is headed by the Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Chairman, Brima Jalloh, who also doubles as an Ex-officio member in the Isha Johansen-led administration.
Below is the list of the 27-man delegation:
LIST OF PLAYERS
Unisa Conteh (FC Johansen)
Ibrahim Bah (Mighty Black Pool)
Ibrahim Kamara (FC Johansen)
Abu Suma (FC Johansen)
Yeami Dunia (FC Johansen)
Saidu Bundu (FC Johansen)
Mohamed Bah (East End Lions)
Ibrahim Sorie Barrie (FC Johansen)
Kwame Quee (FC Johansen)
Abu Bakar Mansaray (Old Edwardians)
Abu Kanu (Mighty Black Pool)
Alfred Nyuma (Central Parade)
Lahai Coker (Kamboi Eagles)
Abdul Bangura (FC Johansen)
Kabiru Mansaray (FC Kallon)
Omega Tunronka (East End Lions)
Sallieu Tarawalie (FC Kallon)
Badara Kella Jr. (Kamboi Eagles)
Ibrahim Tarawallie (Freetown City FC)
Abdul Kamara (Old Edwardians)
LIST OF OFFICIALS
Brima Jalloh – Leader of Delegation
Elma Kamara- SLFA Secretariat Staff
Abdulai Bah – Head Coach
Alhaji Foray – Assistant Coach 1
Amadu Deen Koroma – Assistant Coach 2
Mary Susan Thompson – Team Doctor
Ibrahim Kanu – Media Officer