Defender Steven Caulker on Yukatel Kayserispor radar  

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Turkish Süper Lig side Yukatel Kayserispor are reportedly weighing the option to sign Sierra Leone defender Steven Caulker.

The Kayseri reports that the yellow-red team would make an offer to Fenerbahce for Caulker and Max Meyer.

The news comes a few days after Caulker returned to his parent club Fenerbache after his loan spell with Süper Lig side Gaziantep. The Former Tottenham defender featured in 29 games for Gaziantep last season.

In June 2021, the former Liverpool defender joined Fenerbahce on a two-year deal with a further year option.

Caulker, who had previously been at clubs such as Liverpool, Tottenham, Bristol City and Queens Park Rangers, played for Alanyaspor since 2019.

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Sierra Leone dropped from 108 to 113th in the latest FIFA global rankings after their opening 2023 African Cup of Nations 2-1 defeat to Nigeria and 2-2 against Guinea-Bissau this month.

The Leone Stars of Sierra Leone suffered a 2-1 defeat to three-time African champions Nigeria at the MKO Abiola Stadium on June 9th before they fought from two goals down to draw parity with visiting Djurtus on June 13th at the General Lansana Conté stadium in Guinea.

As a result, they are now 82 places below Afcon 2023 Group A leaders Nigeria, two places ahead of Guinea-Bissau and 74th spots ahead of São Tomé and Príncipe.

The Leone Stars’ next outing will be a back-to-back qualifying game against São Tomé and Príncipe in September.

In the Global rankings, Brazil reigned over the top ten national teams, ahead of Belgium and Argentina.

FIFA’s June World Rankings (March world rankings top Ten 

Brazil, Belgium, Argentina, France, England, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark.

Top ten in Africa 

18. Senegal, 22 Morocco, 30 Tunisia, 31 Nigeria, 38 Cameroon, 40 Egypt, 41 Algeria, 46 Mali, 52 Cote d’Ivoire and 55 Burkina Faso (56)

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Alex Bangura has returned to full training ahead of the SC Cambuur trip to the Municipality in Ameland, Netherlands. 

The Sierra Leone defender has not played since April due to an ankle injury he sustained during a training session. He missed the Leone Stars’ opening two African Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau this month.

His last game was in their 1-0 defeat away to Vitesse on 10th April 2022. The left-back is amongst the names announced by the club for a training trip in Ameland.

“We’re going to start again! from today onwards – the sights are full on the upcoming Eredivisie season. According to good tradition, the first selection of SC Cambuur will start with a mini-training camp on the Wadden Island of Ameland for the next three days,” Cambuur said on the website. 

“SC Cambuur travelled early this afternoon with a selection of eighteen men, which can be found below. The four internationals and the injured Maxim Gullit are still missing.”

The listed SC Cambuurs players for the Ameland trip

Goalkeepers: Brett Minnema

Defenders: Doke Schmidt, Marco Tol, Alex Bangura, Jhondly van der Meer

Midfielders: Jasper ter Heide, Mees Hoedemakers, Jamie Jacobs, Mitchel Paulissen, Michael Breij, Robin Maulun

Attackers: Tom Boere, Sam Hendriks, Milan Smit, Remco Balk

Under 21: Thomas Rier, Roy van Mameren

Test players:

Jeremy Helmer

Under 21: Thomas Rier, Roy van Mameren

Internationals (absent): Calvin Mac-Intosch, David Sambissa

Sekou Sylla, Roberts Uldrikis – Injured (absent): Maxim Gullit

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Moroccan defender Nayef Aguerd has joined Premier League side West Ham United on a five-year contract worth around £30m, including add-ons.

Aguerd is manager David Moyes’ first signing in this transfer window.

The former Dijon FCO player, who made his International debut for the Morocco national team in a friendly 0–0 tie with Albania on 31 August 2016, says he was pleased to join the Hammers.

“I was really excited when I heard about West Ham United’s interest,” said Aguerd. “When I heard about it, I knew I needed to go to the Premier League because it’s a dream for every player.

“West Ham is a historic club. I saw a few of their games this year, and I saw the fans and the atmosphere was fantastic, with the bubbles! I talked with the manager and he showed me that he was very interested, so it was easy to choose to come to West Ham.”

The 26-year-old arrived in London last week to complete his medical. Media reports indicated that Newcastle also registered an interest in Aguerd, though the Magpies are also keen on Lille’s Sven Botman.

A regular in the Atlas Lions’ starting XI with 25 senior caps and was an ever-present in Morocco’s successful 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign and run to the 2021 CAF Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

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By Paul Augustine Kpaka, former Sierra Leone International

As part of their official state visit to Qatar, President Bio, First Lady Madam Fatima Bio, Foreign Affairs Minister Professor David Francis and other government officials on Sunday, June 19, 2022, were given a guided tour of the Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar. 

The 80,000-seat arena, a state-of-the-art centrepiece of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, will embody the tiny nation’s grand ambition and its passion for sharing Arab culture with the world. 

The Stadium will host nine matches, including the final, with billions around the globe keenly watching on. Work commenced at the venue in 2017 before completion early this year. 

It took an estimated 10,000 primarily migrant workers to construct the entire venue. At maximum capacity, the magnificent facility is capable of hosting up to 100,000 people, including 15,000 operational staff, 3,200 journalists, members of the written press, digital media and its infrastructure, photographers, and security personnel. 

According to the stadium guide, Lusail Stadium will be transformed into a multi-purpose community space at the end of the FIFA World Cup tournament, including shops, schools, cafes, sporting facilities and health clinics. 

As part of the conversion, most of the stadium’s 80,000 seats and other materials will be removed and possibly donated to sporting projects. The idea is to take the Qatar 2022 legacy and a bit of FIFA World Cup history to different locations around the globe. 

Towards the end of their guided tour, the president inquired about Stadium 974. Located on the shores of the Gulf, across the water from Doha’s dazzling West Bay skyline, Stadium 974 is one of the venues that will host matches at the upcoming World Cup. 974 is the international dialling code for the host nation Qatar, and 974 is the exact number of shipping containers used in its construction.

The 40,000-seater venue has a distinctive design in that it will be the first fully demountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup history. Upon hearing this, the First Lady, in a subtle, deft and diplomatic manner, inquired about the possibility of Sierra Leone being one of the beneficiaries of the demountable materials. Her question elicited immediate laughter among both the Sierra Leone and Qatar delegations present. 

It can be recalled that the president has come under constant scrutiny and criticism for his many international travels and their huge cost to the state. His critics claim the president travelling at such a frequent pace puts a lot of strain on the country’s Consolidated Revenue Fund-CRF, monies that could instead be spent on other much-needed social services like health care. 

The president and his defenders have repeatedly stated that his many travels are for the purpose of “rebranding” the country’s negative image in an effort to make the country much more attractive for Foreign Direct Investment – FDI, through bilateral and multilateral engagements with other nations, international organisations and donor partners. 

If this kind of “football diplomacy” yields the much-needed investment in football infrastructure, which everyone agrees is desperately lacking, then it would be taxpayers’ money well spent. The end, in this case, will clearly justify the means.

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The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr Fatima Maada Bio, accompanied her husband, President Maada Bio, on an official conducted tour of the facility of the Lusail Stadium in the Arab Peninsular country of Qatar on Sunday, June 19 2022.

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