Over suspension of Leone Stars Coach and Players, Paul Kamara damns press reports
The Minister of Youth, Employment, and Sports, Hon. Paul Kamara (in photo) has denied media allegations that the Swedish coach, Lars Olof Mattsson has resigned his job ahead of the 2nd leg match next month between Sierra Leone versus Tunisia in Tunis for a crucial qualification to South Africa 2013.
Reports suggest Leone Stars 2-2 draw with Tunisia at home was due to the attitude of players, especially the culture of night clubbing when they are home for matches. The minister revealed that he has not suspended Mohamed Bangura aka (Pobosky) the Celtic loaned player to AIK Solna in Sweden or Kei Ansu Kamara of Sporting Kansas City in the USA as claimed by some sections of the local media in Freetown.
In an exclusive interview with the controversial Sports Minister, he lambasted sports journalists for misinforming the public, adding that his door is open to all for information.
He argued that “Coach Olof Mattsson is still in charge of the team, and in fact he told me to take the team to Italy for intensive preparation, which we are looking into because it is costly.” He denied any suspension of players in the second-leg encounter with the Tunisians.
“How can I allow a winning coach like Olof Mattsson to resign after all what he has done to improve Sierra Leone Football?” the Minister asked. He is yet to lose a match at home and has also improved the team’s FIFA and CAF rankings respectively.
In another development FIFA Association Committee Members will discuss Sierra Leone’s football matter today in Zurich, and on Friday September 28th, FIFA Executive Committee will give their final judgment on the crisis on elective congress marred with abuss, political interference, allegations of bribery and embarrassment, based on the allegations tendered to FIFA representative, Primo Covaro on his findings in Sierra Leone a week ago.
The Minister of Sports, Paul Kamara, supports the six months normalization and the banning of Rodney Michael from the race, while the delegates are in support of the electedOral Committee which argued that Rodney is qualified to compete.
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