Gabon 2017: Massive boost for Leone Stars as key players arrive in camp

Sierra Leone caretaker coach Sellas Tetteh has been boosted by the arrival of key international players for next week’s Group I Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan slated for Freetown on June 4, 2016.

Ten out of fifteen invited foreign-based players have joined the training camp in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The arrival of familiar faces like John Kamara, David Simbo, Umaru Bangura, Julius Wobay, Alhassan ‘Crespo’ Kamara, Alfred Sankoh, Teteh Bangura, Solomon Zombo Morris, Abdul Sesay and Mohamed Medo Kamara will hand coach Tetteh a better preparation.

This is a massive boost for the side as coach Tetteh will now have the time to prepare his squad and also look at some of the players that he will be coaching for the first time.

Meanwhile, The Falcons of Sudan are expected to arrive in Sierra Leone latest by Thursday with a 29 man delegation.

SLFA’s Director of Competitions Sorie Ibrahim Sesay told www.footballsierraleone.net that the Sudanese will be arriving with a 29 man delegation 20 players and 9 officials Via Kenya Airways, and will have their first training session the same day in the evening hours.

He further pointed that this match is very important to both countries that why early preparation has been done by both countries as an FA Leone stars have started training and they have been moved to camp tonight at the hill valley hotel signal hill.

Sesay further noted that the quartet of Cameroonian referees and Match official from Mali will also be in town on Thursday and they will be housed at the Radisson Blue hotel in Freetown.

Sudan will play Kenya today in a friendly match before heading for Freetown he said.

The game was due to take place in Nairobi last Friday at the Moi International Sports centre Kasarani but Sierra Leone’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations opponent Sudan did not make it to Nairobi on time for kick-off.

The Falcons of Jediane will test against a Kenya side that will also battle Congo Brazzaville on June 5 in Group E, both nations are using the friendly contest as groundwork’s for their AFCON matches this weekend.

They won the 1970 Africa Cup of Nations as host’s using Mustafa Azhari’s help.

After beating Ethiopia 3–0, and a 1–0 defeat to Côte d’Ivoire, they secured a place in the semi-final by beating Cameroon 2–1.

They overcame Egypt 2–1 after extra time in the semi-final, and won 1–0 against Ghana in the final to become African Champions.

Sudan is one of the oldest teams in Africa and has a rich history in the past 50s to 70s. They went as high as 74 in the FIFA rankings.

Sudan was the only East African team to qualify for the African Cup of Nations 2012.

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