OCTOBER 20, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Suspended captain of the Sierra Leone national team, Ibrahim ‘Obreh’ Kargbo, believes the poor run by the Leone Stars in international competitions and the infighting in the country’s football is due to a curse.
The Portugal-based midfielder said the Leone Stars will always find it difficult to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations or the World Cup if the authorities continue to engage each other in unnecessary fighting.
“There is a huge spell in our football; those running the games and those who are close to football are deliberately hurting and continue to hurt others. People have no respect for those who have scarified themselves for football in the country,” said the former Williem II skipper.
“The problem in our football is so big and it cuts across all aspects, starting from the administrators, right down to the supporters. We need to find ways to solve the problem now, if not we are just wasting our time because we won’t achieve anything.”
On the national team’s chances of qualifying to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Kargbo said since the start of the campaign he knew things will be difficult for the squad because of poor preparation and the lack of opportunity to play home matches in Freetown.
He said: “Preparation is always our problem but our chances were washed away after CAF insisted we must play our home matches on a foreign ground.”
Kargbo was left out of the 2015 Nations Cup qualifying campaign after the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) suspended him and two other players for allegation of match-fixing; a charge he denied and urged the FA to speed up with their investigation.