Sierra Leonean defender hope for Leone Stars return
After a highly promising start to 2013/14, league season Ahmed Deen’s season succumbed to injury, with the richly talented defender once more enduring the frustration of a long spell on the sidelines he has been out of action with a broken foot and Achilles which kept him out of action for four months two weeks.
He returned to action in April, impressing in three FA Cup games with his club, now Ahmed is fully fit and is ready for a new challenge with his club and the Sierra Leonean national team. Over the weekend he spoke to Prince Scott about his injury and his games in an exclusive interview.
How Has Life Been With You Since You Were On The Sideline?
Hmm life has been very tough with me because been a regular player in your team and you have an injury that kept you out of actions for about five months is not a good thing to recall. Also I was not normal with the situation because i always wanted to play and improve on my games.
Is This Your First Injury?
No this is not my first but this is my first injury that has kept me out of action for about five months, I had similar one like this when i was at Barnet but it was only for a month.
How Did The Injury Came About
It was doing one of our League game at home to three Bridges FC it was a 50/50 challenge as i was trying to defend my area. At first when it happen i thought it was not bad when i was taken off the pitch i noticed it was a big blow to me, as i will be sitting on the stands for five months.
What Was Your Fear On The Sideline?
My fear honestly was my position because i wanted to play like for some coaches if you have someone playing more than you definitely you will lose your position so that was my fear but i thank God it did not work like that because i soon i became fully recovered i had my game going on as normal.
Ahmed You Have Been Out Of The Leone Stars Squad For A While What Do You Think?
Yes that is true but i believe my time has not yet come so i can be recall to the national team, i have been there before and i always want to play for my country.
Been A Regular Player For Your Club You Dont Feel Disappointed That You Are Not In The National Team?
Yes somehow i will say but Sierra Leone we have many gifted players so if anyone is call to represent the country i believe they deserve it.
So What Your Short Term Plan?
My short term plan now is to improve more on my game and get myself more fit so i can make a breakthrough back into the national for the 2015 ANC in Morocco, As i hopefully will be in freetown by the end of the month to start my preparation for that as i want to be training regularly on the beach and to enjoy the sun too.
Do You Intend To Play For Any Team Here In The Slpl Whiles On Holiday?
Hmmmm maybe it will happen when i come as you know i have never played for any team in Sierra Leone or even local football so it will be great, but for now i want to make good use of the beach
So Which Team Do You Have In Mind?
I do not have none in mind any team can get me so the door is open just for a short term.
What Your General Perception About Football In Sierra Leone?
Football is growing rapidly in Sierra Leone despite we had some problems with the FA the last two seasons but i can say football is now playing in Sierra Leone.
You Made A Remarkable Comeback During Your First Game After Injury With A Supereb Freekick What The Magic?
Well it just all about hard work and concentration but I was happy with such a goal 25 yards off I made a deep slice and bend it over the wall, as you know most of my goals scored this season for my club was trough free kicks I don’t want to say am perfect in it but I believe I have learnt a lot about taking free kicks.
Ahmed Deen arrived at the Moss Rose in the summer of 2008 from fellow League one club Peterborough United. He was once on the books as a trainee at Leicester City. He enjoyed spells with a variety of non-League teams, including Bishop’s Stortford in the Conference South. He was released by Macclesfield Town at the end of the 2008–09 seasons, and signed with Barnet in August on a short-term deal. After some impressive performances he signed a two-year deal in September, linking up with his cousin Albert Jarrett. He scored his first goal, a free-kick, for Barnet in a 3–1 away win against Northampton Town on 4 September 2009. Deen was due to sign for Dover Athletic on loan in March 2010 but this deal was called off as the Bees already had Daniel Leach and Joe Tabiri on loan at Dover, and a third would have breached league rules. Deen was released by Barnet at the end of the 2009–10 season.
Deen joined Hayes & Yeading United in August 2010, teaming up once again with former Barnet goalkeeper Lee Harrison, making his Conference debut in the home win over Bath City. He was released by Hayes & Yeading United in February 2011. In the same month, he joined Dulwich Hamlet.
In October 2011, Deen signed for Southern League club Cambridge City.
In December 2011, Deen signed for Conference South club Thurrock. He re-joined Dulwich Hamlet in August 2012.
Deen made his senior debut for Sierra Leone against Togo in a 2008 African Nations Cup qualifier played in Freetown on 24 March 2007.[ He was a starter for the Leone Stars during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2010 African Nations Cup matches against Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, and the back to back games against South Africa.[ As of 2010, he has been capped 10 times by Sierra Leone
By Prince Scott
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