President Brima hails players after successful Mediterranean outing

President Brima hails players after successful Mediterranean outing

Sierra Leone Football Association President Thomas Daddy Brima has praised National A team (Leone Stars) players for their incredible performance laced with high-level commitment and comportment during their Mediterranean outing in Antalya, Turkey.

Sierra Leone set up a training camp during this month’s Fifa window as part of preparations ahead of the 2023 Ivory coast African Cup of Nations Qualifiers starting in June.

After the Leone Stars opening 3:0 defeat to Togo at the Mardan Stadium on March 24th, they went on to win their remaining two matches against Liberia and Congo Brazzaville 1.0 on March 27th and 2:1 on March 29th, respectively.

Bolton Wanderers striker Amadou Bakayoko and Tottenham Hotspurs youngster Kallum Cesay were the scorers and accounting for a brace against the Red Devils of Congo.

Speaking to the players at the team’s hotel a day before departure, Thomas Daddy Brima proudly noted, “the trip was a mission accomplished.”

“New team, new captain, gentleman, I am delighted to say the trip was a mission accomplished. It was great to see how you guys recovered from the opening defeat to Togo.”

“Congratulations to the team, team captain Steven Caulker and everyone here in Turkey on behalf of Sierra Leone. Gentlemen, Sierra Leoneans want you guys to qualify the team for Ivory Coast 2023. You have the government, the FA’s backing as together, we can achieve our objectives.”

Head coach John Keister hinted that more names will be added to his squad in the qualifying campaign.

“I am pleased, but we have a lot of work ahead of us guys. I was so eager to see everyone’s performances here in Turkey. Now we have to identify some key players while we continue to work. We are going to add a few more names in the process of developing a solid squad.”

Steven Caulker, the team skipper, vehemently stated that he is wishing everyone a safe trip to their various destination as he advised all players to stay fit.

“Wishing you all a safe journey. We have to stay fit and healthy. The team is going to need every single one of us here in the qualifiers.”

The Sierra Leone delegation is expected back in Freetown in the early hours of Thursday whilst foreign-based players head back to their various clubs.

Meanwhile, SLFA President Daddy Brima and Vice President 1 Nat-Johnson have left Istanbul this morning to join General Secretary Chris Kamara for a FIFA meeting in Qatar.

SLFA Media Antalya, Turkey

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The kickoff is at 4 PM local time & 1 PM Sierra Leone time. Head Coach John Keister has made eight changes to the squad that defeated Liberia 1-0 on Sunday.

In goal, FC Johansen keeper Unisa Conteh is in for Ibrahim Sesay. In-form East End Lions striker Alie Conteh to start for the first time in Turkey.

Cambuur duo Alex Bangura and Issa Kallon were named to the squad. In Midfield, Kamil Conteh, Ibrahim Sillah and Kallum Cesay.

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Following Congo’s 3-1 defeat to Zambia, they’ll be eyeing a resurgent against Sierra Leone, who defeat Liberia (1-0) on Sunday.

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Defender Yeami Dunia, IF Sirius left-back Kevin Wright, were injured in the triumph against Liberia on Sunday. As a result, they will play no part in Tuesday’s contest.

During Monday’s training session, the team was divided into two groups as most of the players against Liberia were placed to recover whilst the others completed an hour and 15-minutes training.

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Head Coach John Keister made eight changes to the squad that lost to Togo in the opening match on Thursday as he tried to evaluate his new team.

This tie gets off to a fast start between the two West African neighbours as both teams come into the contest back of a defeat. Liberia suffered a 4-0 hammering to Benin while Sierra Leone succumbed to a 3-0 beating to Togo.

After a couple of half-chances in the opening 25-minutes, Leone Stars’ broke the deadlock with a decent cross from Lamin Conteh, that found the head of the big striker who converted his first goal in his second appearance for Sierra Leone.

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The result means a second defeat for English-man Peter Butler’s side in Turkey as he hailed the Sierra Leone resilient.

“I want to congratulate Sierra Leone for a tough encounter – it is refreshing to see Sierra Leone bringing so many young lads from England,” he said during his post-match interview.

“In games like this, we played them to identify talent in the process of building a new squad, but I was proud of my players’ effort.” It was great to see Sierra Leone trying to play good football first half was even, but we played better in the second half.”

Coach Keister was pleased but admitted it was a tough game.

 “I think it was a difficult game, but we are both in the same direction in the process of identifying players. At times is not about winning. I am happy for the team and Amadou Bakayoko because this will give him confidence moving forward.”

“Introducing some of these new lads around African football temperament, how to cope with that, is never easy. However, there is a lot of positive looking at the feature.”

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