John Keister names his final Sierra Leone Afcon squad

John Keister names his final Sierra Leone Afcon squad

The Sierra Leone 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations is out as John Keister named his team for the continental showpiece next month.

As expected, former England international Steven Caulker, skipper Umaru Bangura as captain, made the cut.

Sierra Leone will start their Afcon campaign against Algeria at the Japoma Stadium on January 11 before taking on Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea on 16th and 20th, respectively.

Other veterans of Keister’s side include unattached former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mohamed Medo Kamara, MLS legend Kei Kamara, Keshla midfielder John Kamara and Queens Park Rangers defender Osman Kakay.

There is another new call-up. Dutch top-tier side  Cambuur‘s winger Issa Kallon. Kallon, 25, is expected to make his senior international debut in a major tournament for Sierra Leone.

There where no place for Crotone FC attacker Augustus Kargbo, Persebaya centre back Alie Sesay, Khalifa Jabbie and former AC Milan midfielder Rodney Strasser.

Like all twenty-three teams, Sierra Leone was permitted optional 28 players for the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations due to any potential COVID-19 outbreaks during the tournament. 

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John Keister names his final Sierra Leone Afcon squad

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Tunisia coach Mondher Kebaier unveiled on Thursday 30 December 2021, his final squad that will participate in the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, which is scheduled to start on January 9 in Cameroon.

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Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Farouk bin Mustafa (Esperance), Bashir bin Said (US Monastir), Ayman Dahmane (Sfaxien), Ali Jamal (Stade Tunisien)

Defenders: Dylan Bronn (Metz – France), Muntasir Talbi (Rubin Kazan – Russia), Bilal Ifa (Club Africain), Osama Haddadi (Yeni Malatyaspor – Turkey), Omar Rekik (Arsenal – England), Mohamed Dragger (Nottingham Forest – England), Mohamed Amin bin Hmida (Esperance), Hamza Mathlouthi (Zamalek – Egypt), Ali Maaloul (Al-Ahly – Egypt), Ali Al-Abedy (Caen – France)

Midfielders: Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane (Esperance), Issa Aidouni (Ferencvaros – Hungary), Elias Skhiri (Koln – Germany), Ghilane Chaalali (Esperance), Seifeddine Khaoui (Clermont – France), Anis Benslimane (Brondby – Denmark). Hannibal Mjebri (Manchester United – England), Firas bin Arabi (Ajman – UAE), Wahbi Khazri (Saint Etienne – France), Hamza Rafia (Standard Liege – Belgium), Naim Sliti (Al-Ittifaq – Saudi Arabia)

Forwards: Seif El Din Jaziri (Zamalek – Egypt), Yoann Touzghar (Troyes – France), Youssef Msakni (Al Arabi – Qatar)

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Dutch top-tier side Cambuur winger Issa Kallon, Persebaya centre back Alie Sesay, Peterborough United attacker Idris Kanu in Photo, Wycombe Wanderers attacker Sullay Kaikai, defender David Sesay, Khalifa Jabbie, Crotone attacker Augustus Kargbo and former Chelsea academy graduate Kevin Wright will take their first training today.

A total of 21-foreign-based are presently in Freetown in readiness for their Acon opener on January 11 against holder Algeria at the Japoma Stadium.

Head coach John Keister is expected to cut down his 40-man preliminary squad to 28 by the CAF deadline end of this month.

The Olembe Stadium will host the tournament opener between host Cameroon and Burkina Faso, runners-up of 2013 AFCON. The continental showpiece in Cameroon will run from January 9th to February 6th 2022. 

Since the Leone Stars booked their ticket to the final tournament in Cameroon, they have played five international friendlies, a draw against Ethiopia and South Sudan, a win 2-1 over the Gambia before defeats to Morocco and Comoros.

Meanwhile, Leone Stars played to a 1-1 draw against National Premier League all-stars at the Siaka Steven Stadium on Tuesday – the match was part of the team’s groundwork before departing for Cameroon. 

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“Due to injury and recent postponements, David has yet to make his Stones debut, but nonetheless, we wish him and his Sierra Leone teammates all the best as they bid to make history and as he represents the club on a global stage,” the Stones said in a statement.

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