June 4, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) technical director, John Jebboh Sherrington, has been appointed care-taker coach for the senior national team, Leone Stars.
Sherrington will be in charge of the team’s Group I opening fixture in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Falcons of Jediane of Sudan in Khartoum on June 12-14.
The former Mighty Blackpool and national U-23 coach will be assisted by two former Leone Stars players: Charlie Wright – FC Kallon head coach and Joseph Tobie – former assistant coach of Real Republicans.
According to the head of SLFA media committee, Abu Bakarr Kamara, Sherrington’s appointment is only limited to the Sudan match because they are still in the process of hiring a new coach for the national team.
“His appointment is only for this match because we are still in search of a new coach and that could not be done before the Sudan match, which is why we’ve decided to let him take over and appoint his technical team,” Kamara said.
In May this year, the SLFA advertised the vacant job for the senior national team. With the application deadline already expired, a new coach is yet to be named.
The row over head coach and backroom staff was the highlight of Sierra Leone’s 2015 AFCON campaign with both the SLFA and Sports Ministry announcing two separate sets of coaches for the double header matches against Cameroon.
Sierra Leone has only managed to participate twice in the continental big stage in 1994 and 1996.
Swedish coach Roger Palmgren was not yet 30 when he coached Sierra Leone at the 1996 African Nations Cup finals in South Africa. He declared an interest in the job again when it became available in 2002.
In Tunisia 1994, French coach Raymond Zarpanelian was in charge of the Leone Stars.