Leone Stars coach dismisses selection headache talks

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August 24, 2018

By Sahr Morris Jnr

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Head coach John Keister (second from right) hanging heads with his crew

Head coach of Sierra Leone national team, John Keister has dismissed talks that he was having headache to select a formidable squad for the country’s September’s African Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.

The former Leone Stars midfielder last Wednesday night revealed his shortlist of 35-man provisional squad ahead of the Ethiopia clash and the tactician believes he can setup a strong 23-man squad in time before the encounter.

“To be honest this is great selection for us with many option but that does not implies I would have headache to make my selection because I am going for the best players that will give us the results and those who are on their peak,” Keister said.

The Sierra Leone gaffer who already has three points against Kenya, has invited few new faces in his 35-man squad.  New Coventry City striker Amadou Bakayoko, Queen Park Ranger’s defender Osman Kakay, and Bristol City young keeper Alhaji Sesay, are all set to receive their first international call-up by Sierra Leone.

Also in the list is Danish-based striker, Mustapha Bundu.The AGF Arhus striker is no surprise in the Sierra Leone list while Khalifa Jabbie and Gibrilla Wobay were the surprise inclusion despite they are currently without a club.

According to Kesiter, the inclusion of the duo was to give them the chance and opportunity to prove they are capable to be in the squad. The duo were part of Coach Keister’s side that defeated Kenya in Freetown and Wobay scored the Leone Stars first goal in in the June 10, 2017, 2-1 vicotory.

Another boost for Sierra Leone is skipper Umaru Bangura who made a return from injury and he was in action with his Zurich-based club, FC Zurich as they secured a 6-0 away win over Concordia last Saturday.

Sierra Leone will take on Ethiopia at the Hawassa Stadium September 9 in the race to Cameroon 2019.

Full listed squad.

Keepers

Solomon Zombo Morris FC Rodeo France), (Alhaji Sesay Bristol City UK), (John Trye Scarborough SC Canada), (Mohamed N Kamara FC Johansen) and Unisa Koroma East End Lions.

Defenders

Skipper Umaru Bangura FC Zurich, David Simbo Turkey, Hassan Milla Sesay FC Lathi Finland, Abu Suma unattached, Osman Kakay QRP UK, Alie Sesay Kissamikos Greece, Yeami Dunia, Kemson Fofanah B93 Danmark.

Midfielders

Mohamed Medo Kamara Kuwait SC, Alfred Sankoh Al Jabalain Saudi Arabia, Mihael Lahoud USA FC Cincinnati, John Kamara FC Kaisar Kazakhstan, Khalifa Jabbie Unattached, Abdul Sesay TP47 Finland, Kwame Quee Vikingur Iceland, Julius Wobay Unattached, Nathaniel Tongovullah Port Authority, Ibrahim Conteh PSIS FC and George Davies FC Riga Latvia.

Attackers

Kei Kamara Vancouver Whitecaps Canada, Alhassan Kamara BK Hacken, Alhaji Kamara FC Sheriff Moldova, Christian Moses Viborg FF Danmark, Mustapha Bundu AGF Arhus, Mohamed Buya Turay Sint Truiden Belgium, Sheka Fofanah Al-Nasr Oman and Abu Bakarr Kargbo Berliner AK Germany, Alimamy  Mohamed Bundu FC Kallon, Abdul Bangura unattached and Amadou Bakayoko Coventry City UK.