Sierra Leone Lacks ‘Sober’ Players Agents… Crespo
The man who in the second half scored the consolation goal for Leone Stars in the team’s 2-1 defeat by the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in Saturday’s 2014 World Cup group qualifier at the Stade Olympique de Rades in Rades Tunisia, says the majority of Sierra Leonean footballers don’t have people to ‘market’ them in Europe which is now the focal point of world football. (Photo: Alhassan ‘Crespo’ Kamara (r))
Alhassan ‘Crespo’ Kamara aged 20, who plays his professional football for Orebro Sport Klubb in Sweden’s highest League Allsvensken, told this reporter a day after their sudden defeat at the Reception Hall of the El Mouradi Gammarth Hotel in Tunis that apart from a handfull of players, the country lacks ‘sober minded’ people to market the lot of Sierra Leonean players abroad.
He said: “it is difficult for Sierra Leone to have many players plying their trade in the major football leagues especially in Europe because we don’t have people marketing us in Europe which is evident in the way the team plays.”
He pointed further that if a team like their closest rival Tunisia are hitting the headlines now, is because half if not all of their players are playing in Europe.
“See the way they are playing it tells you clearly that they have sober people as agents marketing them,” said Crespo.
Crespo’s second goal against the Tunisians past Saturday was scored in the 74th minutes of the match.
The player noted his consolation goal means a lot to him and further added: “I know it is difficult to change things but the goal was good for Sierra Leone.”
Confidently he boasted: “we will win all our three remaining matches straight!”
Alhassan ‘Crespo’ Kamara’s performance was rated as ‘very good’ after the match by the head Coach Lars Olof Mattosson, who collected $12,0o00 as stipend for the said match and immediately flew to his native land, Sweden.
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By Frank Cole in Tunisia
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