By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Newly appointed coach of the Sierra Leone national U-20 side, Alimamy ‘K-Foot’ Turay, has said that they are in high preparation for the 2014 U-20 CAF Championship qualifiers.
Sierra Leone’s Shooting Stars will host Syli Guinea on Saturday April 5 in Makeni, Bombali District in the first leg encounter before going for the return leg in a fortnight.
Already the technical team has selected 27 players from the 34 who were earlier called for training.
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According to assistant coach Charlie Wright, it was not an easy task for him to make the final 27-man selection, adding that he had to select “the best out of the best”.
He said: “It was difficult always making such selection. It’s always a difficult job for a coach as you want to select the best that would best represent the country, and the technical team would also have to make a final 20-man selection before the match.”
He added: “Every single player wants to be in the final squad and I’m happy with the mentality of the boys. It’s not about who will make the final squad, but to give their best to get the result.”
He further explained that the selection was done based on the players’ performance in training sessions, local friendly matches and their attitudes.
Meanwhile, the U-20 side defeated Bo District FA Cup champions, Edmond Michael Foundation, 2-0 in a warm-up match at the football academy, Kingtom on Wednesday, thanks to goals from Ibrahim Barrie and Alimamy Bundu.
Below is the full list of selected players:
Aruna Kamara – FC Kallon, Samuel Melvin – East End Lions, Alusine Barrie – Craig Bellamy, Usif Bayoh – Anti Drugs FC
FC Kallon: Abu Bakarr Samura, Musa Mansaray, Alimamy Bundu and Prince Barrie
FC Johansen: Yeami Dunia, Kwami Quee, Sorie Barrie, Ibrahim Kamara and Abdul Bangura
East End Lions: Zack Scott
Ports Authority: Foday Masaray and Nathaniel Thongor Fullah
Old Edwardians: Ishmael Koroma
Anti Drugs: Kabba Tucker
Mighty Blackpool: Mohamed Bangura
Kamboi Eagle: Fayia Kobba
Dallarosa: Abu Bakarr Suma
Real Mack: Thoephilus Conteh and Paul Kargbo
Craig Bellamy Foundation: Santigie Koroma, Sulaiman Samura and Umaru Samura