FIFA okays Sierra Leone
World football governing body, the Federation of International Football (FIFA), has congratulated the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) for the recent progress made by the tiny West African country’s national team.
Leone Stars, are now 95th in world ranking and 24th in CAF ranking.
According to FIFA regulations they always regard the first 100 as a real football nation where real football is played, and they believe Sierra Leone has made significant progress in the ranking after 17 years in the football wilderness
This result came as the progress made so far by the national team. Leone Stars, in the recent CAN qualification as they are third in the group with five points when Egypt forcefully held them to a draw, South Africa made a narrow escape with a goalless draw in Freetown, while Niger was lucky to defeat them as a result of poor preparation but had victory over them in Freetown in the second leg.
Another criteria they mentioned was the progress made by the team’s players who are playing in Europe and America as they are making headlines weekly, especially the Bangura twins who play for AIK Slona in the Swedish Premiership and other players like Alfred Sankoh, Ibrahim Marcel Koroma, Alusine Baggio Kamara, Kelifa Jabbie, Umaru Bangura, Christian Caulker and others.
According to the Acting Secretary General of SLFA, Mr. Abdul Rahman Swarray, this will serve as a real motivation to the boys for their forthcoming encounter with Egypt as they are the main actors in the ranking progress. He also noted that they as the sole custodians of football will not allow their efforts to go down the drain. He also disclosed that they will put all modalities in place in order to see the ranking of Sierra Leone improved to 50 when the next rankings will be out.
By Prince Scott
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