“2013 preparations must start” Leone Stars’ players advise
Having crashed out of the 2012 Nations Cup finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, Leone Stars players are calling on the local FA and the Government to start preparing now for the 2013 Nations Cup qualifiers.
“2013 is just behind the corner which means we should start to prepare from now and not wait until the last minute before we start running up and down and looking here and there,” player Sam Obi Metzger (Jr.) said.
He said a country like Sierra Leone coming out from an 11years civil war means that the senior national football team Leone Stars is faced with numerous problems including preparation and logistics.
“But that does not mean we should not progress because every other sector of the society is now striving to move forward,” he said.
“By now, SLFA and the Government should sit together and map out strategies to qualify for the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa and 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Part of these strategies must include arranging friendly matches for Leone Stars,” said Sam Obi Metzger (Jr.).
Another player midfielder Samuel Ballay pointed as a new and young team they need all the necessary support to competitively compete in those competitions.
“Leone Stars’ hopes of reaching the 2012 Nations Cup final are now over but we still have chances to reach both the 2013 Nations Cup and 2014 World Cup if we start early preparations,” he said.
Defender Sheriff Suma added with the current positive spirit amongst the players the authorities must ensure they are kept together as a team.
He said: “this is a new team we’re trying to build for the future; therefore the Leone Stars’ organizing committee must find ways to organize friendly matches for the team so that we can continue to be together and develop as a single unit. With that, we will be able to compete competitively in any competition.”
Sheriff Suma assured: “by doing that we will be able to meet the expectations of Sierra Leoneans and achieve our dreams.”
Other players expressed similar sentiments.
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By Frank Cole in Lagos, Nigeria
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