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Leone Stars Dele Heads for Malabo after a night in Lome

Leone Stars Dele Heads for Malabo after a night in Lome

A 31-man delegation led by Abdul Kanasieu arrived in Lome, Togo on Wednesday afternoon on board the ASKY Flight KP016 from Freetown via Monrovia, Banjul and Accra on their way to Equatorial Guinea to face the Nzalang Nacional in the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers.

This is the third time Sierra Leone will be meeting the Equatorial Guinea after first meeting in June 2008 in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. Sierra Leone lost 0-2 in Malabo and won 2-1 in Freetown.

The 31-man delegation comprises of 19 players, 10 officials and two representatives from the Sports Writers Association-Sierra Leone (SWASAL), who were sponsored by Mercury International-Sierra Leone.

Speaking to SWASAL at the Lome International Airport, Head Coach Olof Mattsson revealed that his boys are well motivated ahead of the crunch encounter in Malabo adding that team spirit is high. He noted that he will be very aggressive to clinch all three points in Malabo before getting ready to face Sao Tome at home the following Saturday in the 2013 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers.

“We are strengthening as we go along and we are becoming a force to reckon with as the momentum gathers. However, this is the time we need to play for our country and make our people proud once again as we try to put Sierra Leone on the map,” Coach Mattson said.

When the leader of the delegation Abdul Hamid Kanasieu Rollings was contacted he averred that all is well in the camp as all the players have been paid their respective match appearance fees and an agreement on match bonus for a win or draw agreed on.

“I don’t want to say what we gave the boys as match appearance fee but I’m sure this is the highest ever paid. The boys are ready to play and are determined to qualify for both the 2013 Africa Nations Cup as well as the 2014 World Cup,” the head of the delegation said.

However, according to one of the players, the sum of three thousand dollars was given to each of them as match appearance fee and a thousand dollars bonus if they win and five hundred dollars for a draw.

Meanwhile, the 31-man delegation, which had a stop for a night in Lome will board the ASKY Flight KP042 on Thursday afternoon for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Leone Stars 31-man delegation

Technical Team

1.         Olof Mattson-Head Coach
2.         Johnny Murray
3.         Lennart Anderson
4.         Lamin Bangura
5.         Philip Kors

SLFA

6.         Abdulraman Swarray
7.         Sorie Ibrahim Sesay
8.         Abdul H.K. Rollings

Govt. Representatives

9.         Alphan Coker
10.       Hon. Nuru Deen Sankoh Yillah

SWASAL

11.       Abubakarr Kamara
12.       John Baibai Bangura

Players

13.       Ibrahim Kargbo
14.       Ibrahim Bangura
15.       Mohamed Bangura
16.       Gibrilla Fofanah
17.       Umaru Bangura
18.       Samuel Barley
19.       Christian Caulker
20.       Khalifa Jabbie
21.       Alhassan Kamara
22.       Kei Kamara
23.       Mohamed Kamara
24.       Mohamed Kallon
25.       Unisa Bangura
26.       Ishmail Koroma
27.       Rodney Strasser
28.       Sheriff Suma
29.       Alfie Conteh
30.       Ibrahim Koroma
31.       John Ansumana

Credit: SWASAL,   Sponsors: Mercury International LTD.

By Abubakarr Kamara in Lome, Togo

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