By Sahr Morris Jnr
Sierra Leone’s Senior Women’s national team, Sierra Queens, have started training session at the Football Academy ground, Kingtom, after the newly appointed coach Ernest Hallowell assembled a provisional list of 36 players.
The team immediately commenced training as part of their preparation for the upcoming West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone A Women’s competition which is expected to start on 20th January 2023 in Cape Verde.
According to the team Media Officer, Esther Marie Samura, the coach has confirmed that the provisional players will be downsized to 20 immediately after their training session on Saturday 14th January.
He said: “The boss has over the years worked with a host of them, so it won’t be a difficult task for him as he even admitted that the final selection of the squad will base on their outstanding individual performance in the course of the training.”
‘’One of my values is integrity; so favouritism is not my character. This is not about me nor the individual players but the nation. Therefore, I will not favour any player when downsizing to twenty”, the coach said.
A total of nine countries including Sierra Leone are expected to compete in the championship in Cape Verde with the Sierra Leone delegation expected to depart the country’s shores on Wednesday 18th January.
Sierra Leone hosted the maiden edition of the tournament in 2020 and was eliminated in the group stage.