CHAN: Coach Zappa Koroma pleased with training progress

CHAN: Coach Zappa Koroma pleased with training progress

Sierra Leone home-based coach Francis Zappa Koroma has said he is pleased with his preparation ahead of the doubleheader against Cape Verde at the Grand Stade de Marrakech on July 24 and 27, respectively.

The former International, when answering our questions, indicated that his team is ready to compete in month’s 2023 CHAN qualifiers in Morocco.

Home-based Leone Stars have engaged in a series of friendlies as part of their groundwork. The training squad of 24 players spent twelve days together in Eastern Province, Kenema.

Out of eleven friendlies, they won ten and drew one before returning to Freetown in readiness for departure on Wednesday.

“During the training camp in Kenema, I am pleased to say it was intense, but the players were focused. They are fully aware of the importance of this competition. It is obvious that we are going to face these matches in Morocco with a positive attitude.”

“We want to qualify, hence why, as a team, we have been working well together. The willingness from the players has been going quite well. We have selected the best player in the country for now.

“The technical team has been working on going beyond the first stage of this competition because Sierra Leone, as we all know, has never qualified for the CHAN Afcon.”

The aggregate winner over two-legged matches will face Mali in the next stage. 

Sierra Leone was eliminated by Senegal 4-2 on aggregate during the 2018 African Nations Championship qualifiers. 

Sierra Leone was ineligible for the 2020 tournament due to a FIFA sanction.

Morocco won the last competition for the second time after overcoming Mali 2-0 in a thrilling final at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde on February 7 2020, in Cameroon.

Meanwhile, Malian official Sory Ibrahima Keita will be in charge of this tie. Nouhoum Bamba is the R one, Amadou belly Guisse Amadu is the AR 2 and Abdoulaye Sissoko the foruth official.

Sierra Leone’s Songor Koedoyoma is the Covid 19 officer. Match commissioner Mis from Mauritania.

The final tournament is slated to be played in Algeria from 8–31 January 2023.

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Sierra Leone Premier League champions Bo Rangers say their talisman Musa Noah Kamara’s status at the club has not changed. 

“The player is a legally contracted player of our club. Kamara is a player of Bo Rangers, and his status has not changed,” the club said in their statement.

Their statement comes days after speculations that their top scorer is heading for South Africa on assessment with Kaizer Chiefs.

Kamara, who helped Rangers with 19 goals to win their first league title in 68 years, was part of the Sierra Leone side during the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The striker, 21, is a back-to-back golden boot winner – the Rangers striker is the first local star to achieve this milestone. He first won the 2019 Sierra Leone National Premier League with 15 goals with then champions East End Lions.

It was his goal help to revive the Leone Stars to ensure a 2-2 draw against the Ivory Coast in the group stage at the Japoma Stadium.

The South Province outfit became the second team outside the capital, Freetown, to win the Sierra Leone Premier League after Diamond Stars triumphed in 2012 and 2013.

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From the 10th of July to 10 August 2022, a total of 22 teams, twelve U12 and ten U 14 set to participate in the maiden League organised by SFEF in Kono, Eastern Province of Sierra Leone.

In collaboration with Kono District Football Association, the organisers have confirmed that only young boys and girls attending schools within Kono will be part of the 352 children’s soccer education.

The focus is to encourage more parents to allow their children to go to school in the Diamond rich area of Sierra Leone.

“Our findings made us know that children drop out of school with the hope of becoming professional footballers. However, our work is to help these kids get an education while learning the trade of a footballer. Hence why we emphasise that children participating in the League must be school-goers and live within Kono,” SFE explained to FSL News.

Netherland-based founder Desmond Paine vehemently stated that the structure is to see many more children accomplish their dreams of becoming a professional footballers one day.

“Our work in various ways is good because it will assist in improving the children in healthy competition and prepare them for professional football career and life after football. As a country, we want to use football to educate these kids, as grassroots football is fundamental to their development.

Mr Paine continues, “The people of Kono will benefit from this initiative because it will serve as a means of getting their children off the mining industry and protecting them from engaging in crimes, drug abuse and early teenage pregnancy among boys and girls.”

“Why now? because we want to take the children off the street and send them to school before education is a great problem in that part of the country.”

All 352 children will receive medals whilst the first, second and third-get trophies and certificates. The coaches and managers will benefit from the second phase of grassroots football and management training.

Sport For Empowerment Foundation Sierra Leone is a non-profitable foundation striving to create a learning environment and opportunities to empower the minds and lives of young people through sports in Sierra Leone.

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The Sierra Leone Football Association, SLFA, have opened an investigation into two first division matches that finished after 187 goals scored in Kenama and Kono.

The SLFA informed the football fraternity on Monday that they have commenced an investigation into the outcome of two Eastern Regional Super 10 League results.

Gulf FC thrashed Ququima Lebanon 91-1 whilst Lumbenbu United was beaten 95-0 by Kahunla Rangers in their respective second-tier games on Sunday.

The SLFA described the results as ‘impractical’ and promised ‘zero tolerance of ‘match manipulation”.

A statement said: “In compliance with FIFA and CAF rules against match manipulation or anything of the sort, SLFA maintains zero tolerance.

“The general public is therefore assured that the said matter will be thoroughly investigated, and anyone found culpable will face the full force of the law.”

“This is sickening. It shows you the mentality of people in our football,” FA boss Thomas Daddy Brima annoyingly noted immediately after acknowledging the results.

The Easter Region Football Association, ERFA, confirmed that both results were nullified with immediate effect.

“The SLFA in collaboration with the Eastern Region will be setting up an independent investigation committee to probe into this unfortunate situation.”

It’s unclear, but if confirmed, the two scorelines would rank among the highest recorded in football history.

It could be recalled that the highest number of goals recorded per match occurred in Madagascar in 2002 when AS Adema beat SO l’Emyrne 149-0.

The SO l’Emyrne players intentionally scored one own goal after another in protest over refereeing decisions with which they disagreed.

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The home-based team coordinator Victor Lewis was pleased with Bah’s gesture as he confirmed 50 balls for youth football and the rest for senior men’s and female teams.

Upon receiving the gesture, Sec-gen Chris Kamara appreciated the Business tycoon.

“On behalf of the SLFA, I want to thank you for this important gesture. As a football association, we have confidence in you. I promised that the items would be used for the intended purposes,” Kamara told newsmen.

Chairman of Real Republicans Football Club and the CEO of Sierramin Bauxite Mining Company have been handed the task of overseeing the Leone Stars B side qualify African Nations Championship final tournament scheduled to be played in Algeria from 8–31 January 2023.

Leone Stars B side will engage Cape Verde in the qualifiers with first-round first-leg matches will be played between 22 and 24 July, with the return legs a week later.

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The newly appointed Team Manager of the Sierra Leone homebased national team, Alhaji Umar Bah, and team coordinator Victor Lewis are both optimistic about ensuring Chan’s qualification.

Bah’s first mission is to see Leone Stars B side overcome Cape Verbe when the two sides meet in July in the Morrocan capital. 

The winner of the two-legged matches will face Mali in the next stage. Sierra Leone has never qualified for the African Nations Championship exclusively for local stars from the respective national leagues.

The Business tycoon, who was unveiled by the Sierra Leone Football Association, SLFA, at their secretariat on Friday, has hailed the FA for their trust in him.

“Firstly, let me take this opportunity to appreciate the SLFA for their confidence in me with the National home-based team,” Chairman of Real Republicans Football Club and the CEO of Sierramin Bauxite Mining Company told footballsierraleone.net.

Assuring football enthusiasts, Bah, whose leadership has revamped Republicans Football Club to a Premier League playoff spot, started a relentless work ahead of next month’s qualifiers.

“I am here to work relentlessly. I am around people who are ready to let us all succeed. The aim is taking the home-based national side to another level.”

Team coordination (In the photo with TM Bah) and owner of Premier League side East End Tigers, Victor Lewis, is bullish over Bah’s appointment but admitted their task is immense but one that can be accomplished.

“It’s a task, but one that for the first time we have to accomplish for Sierra Leone,” He told this medium. We must try our best to qualify for Algeria.”

Coach Francis Zappa Koroma’s side has been in training since the beginning of June ahead of their doubleheader.

Sierra Leone was eliminated by Senegal 4-2 on aggregate during the 2018 African Nations Championship qualifiers. 

The country was ineligible for the 2020 tournament due to a FIFA sanction.

All ties are slated to be played over two legs, with the winners on aggregate reaching the next stage of the qualifiers. First-round first-leg matches will be played between 22 and 24 July, with the return legs a week later.

Algeria, already qualified as the host nation, the final tournament is scheduled to be played in Algeria from 8–31 January 2023.

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