Gil Vicente midfielder Rodney Strasser eyeing Sierra Leone return
Former AC Milan and Leone Stars midfielder Rodney Strasser is eyeing a return to the national team ahead of the qualifiers of Cameroon 2019, after a long spell out.
The versatile and combative midfielder, who has been active this season playing in the second-tier LigaPro with Gil Vicente in Portugal, is hoping to start playing for Leone Stars once again.
Strasser, 27, last international outing with Leone Stars was in May 2014 against Swaziland in Freetown during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, where he dislocated his shoulder.
When asked about his commitment to the national team, the former Lecce and Parma player who has been active and has made 13 appearances in all competition on Saturday told Football Sierra Leone he has always been committed and he’s fit and ready to return after being out of the squad for almost two years.
“I’m always committed to serving Sierra Leone, said Strasser. I’m always proud of giving out my best and to help my national team. I’m positive that I still have a lot to offer to my country.
“I’ve been out for a while and It’s has been back of my mind because is only natural with my form and if I keep doing what I’m doing for Gil Vicente, I’m ready but we’ll see what happens.”
Sierra Leone Stars will tackle Group F alongside Ghana Black Stars, Kenya, and Ethiopia, in the qualifiers for a place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cameroon.
Sierra Leone’s first qualifier for Cameroon 2019 is in June when they host Kenya in Freetown. He has won over seven caps with Sierra Leone. Strasser made his international debut on 5 September 2010, in a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game against Egypt.
Alie Ahmed Bittar, footballsierraleone.net
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