• Newly appointed East End Lions head coach Ibrahim Sillah says he is optimistic about his first senior coaching challenge.
  • Sillah, who is qualified CAF A Licence, confided to this medium that late legendary Ismael Dyfan was his mentor.
  • The 1989 Sierra Leone FA winner as a right-back with the East End giant club is now in charge of is keen to succeed.

Speaking days after his appointment, Sillah is unfazed after taking over one of the top jobs in the Sierra Leone Premier League.

“I want to thank the club elders’ committee, Chairman Ambassador Junior Navo, Vice Chairman Ahmed Gento Kamara, the executives, and the fan club, for their trust in me,” Sillah appreciated his employers.

“My appointment came as a shock, but I am 100% determined to repay their trust. My aims and objectives are clear. I want to succeed in the League and take this club to continental competitions,” he passionately told FSL UK.

“I’ll love to help this club competing in a CAF Champions League or Confederation Cup tournament in the coming years. Taking East End Lions to any of these competitions is a challenge I am relishing.” 

The former right-back added, “East End Lions a great football club, with a great history. After meeting with my technical staffs, we’ll work out how we can continue to develop players.”

Sillah, 50, is not a stranger within the football fraternity in the country. The former Mount Aureal local star started coaching with Golf Leopard a first division side 2007 before moving to Regent Olympics in 2008.

He was also part of the FC Johansen U16 side that won the U16 tournament in Switzerland unbeatable 2011. The same year as an assistant, he helped to qualified FC Johansen from the first division to the top-tier League. 

Coach Sillah, who was an assistant to Bobson at FC Johansen in 2009, earned his first certificate CAF C Licence in 2010, CAF B in 2016 before completing his CAF A in 2017.  

The easy-going technician will be hoping to tap from a wealth of experience acquired from Derrick Boison, Lamin Bangura, and John Keister. Under Keister, he won the 2019 season undefeated. 

At present, sports, football-related activities are suspended in the country, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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