Leone Stars should not withdraw from the Africa Cup of Nations
Sierra Leone has been making progress in the world of soccer, that has brought pride and happiness to football fans both at home and in the Diaspora. Thanks to the talented Mohammed Kallon’s international fame, who first came to prominence in South Africa when he became the youngest player in Africa to score in an African Nation’s Cup. Since then, many young Sierra Leoneans were inspired and motivated to love the game of soccer more and, to venture outside the shores of Sierra Leone in pursuit of more skills and fame so to acquire greener pastures.
Indeed, most of our youths worked hard enough to stardom and are becoming world famous. Now is payback time as these young ambassadors of Sierra Leone want to pay their gratitude and respect to Mama Salone by performing to the home spectators and to show their mysticism in soccer as well as taking a sweet revenge to the Nigerian team. However, this important match seems to hang in the balance as threatened by the Football Association of Sierra Leone which is thinking of withdrawing from the tournament as reported by the BBC African sport. This would be the biggest joke ever Sierra Leone would want to do because such decision will have adverse effect on Sierra Leone’s national soccer team.
Soccer has been a healing factor to our post war traumatic nation; it has brought joy and socialization to our youths and the rest of the population love soccer and would want to see a good home side for the first time fielding our best of the best. Besides, it is the most popular sport in the Universe. Many countries are investing heavily on soccer; it will be a shocking disappointment to all if the rumored threat to withdraw is carried out.
The rift created between the home coach, Christian Cole and the international coach could easily be solved as both coaches have selected the same foreign based players and added to the home side and has brought a total of thirty three players. This means Sierra Leone has three full teams at hand and the only problem to be perceived here is how to select a starting line up if the two coaches with the rest of the technical advisors plus the team captain work a happy marriage in selecting a suitable team to represent Mama Salone should be the solution other than wasting time in thinking of which of the coaches should be preferred or not.
Good Sportsmanship should prevail now; we should know when to use our yellow or red cards. Please whosoever is the decision maker, we wish an amicable agreement is reached as quickly as possible, so that enough time remains for the Water Front Boys to get down to the business of training and to develop a good teamwork that would earn them a well deserved victory this time. Please remember this is Mama Salone’s birthday, we have to present her with a modest gift by winning this match against Niger GOOD LUCK TO ALL
By Dr. Augustine A. Kamara, The Salone Monitor
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