Konyaspor renew interest in attacker Issa Kallon

Konyaspor renew interest in attacker Issa Kallon

Turkish Süper Lig Konyaspor have reignited their interest in Sierra Leone Dutch-born winger Isaa Kallon.

The 26-year-old contract with Dutch top-tier side SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden expires on June 30th. The versatile winger had previously expressed interest in joining Konyaspor.

Turkish media Haberdairesi reported that the green-white management is in talks with the player. 

Kallon, who has been at Cambbur since 2017, was disappointed after the Dutch side refused to let him go in February this year.

The left-winger wanted a move to Konyaspor, but the Dutch club did not accept the offer Konyaspor reportedly agreed with the winger.

Kallon featured in 33 Dutch topflight matches for Cambuur scoring five goals last season. 

Meanwhile, on Friday, the club continue its preparations for the 2022-2023 season with the first stage of preparation camp at our Koyuncu Group Kayacık Facilities.

The technical team led by İlhan Palut evaluated the day after activating the CORE warm-up.

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The Sierra Leone Premier League best player of the 2021 campaign and top scorers Musa Noah Kamara will join China-based attacker Mohamed Buya Turay and Panetolikos winger in striking force to face Nigeria at the MKO Abiola stadium.

The kickoff for the Group A opener is 4 pm Sierra Leone time as Leone Stars will look to pick up a third consecutive victory and get their AFCON qualifier campaign off to a flying start.

New Middleborough midfield Kamil Conteh will pair Alhansan Koroma and John Kamara in the middle of the pack.

Skipper Steven Caulker, who was an instrumental figure in the Leone Stars side during the 2021 African Cup of Nation, will play alongside Alie Sesay.

The three-time African Champions Super Eagles searching for their third consecutive appearance at the continental showpiece, are currently on a five-game winless run and will look to end this dry spell.

Sierra Leone will look to pick up a third consecutive victory and get their AFCON 2023 qualifier campaign off to a flying start.

Nigeria have now failed to taste victory in each of their most recent five games across all competitions, picking up two draws and losing three since claiming three consecutive wins in Group D of the 2022 AFCON back in January.

Like the Super Eagles, Sierra Leone aiming to start well in this year’s qualifiers, are unbeaten in their last four qualifying games, claiming three draws and a win over Benin last June.

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The Leone Stars of Sierra Leone, like 47 other nations, will know their group opponents in the race to Ivory Coast 2023 this month after the Confederation of African Football has confirmed the draw.

In a communique released on Friday, CAF has said that the draw for the group stages will be conducted on Tuesday 19 April 2022 at 17h30 GMT and will announce all the platforms where people can watch or follow in due course.

The road to Cote d’Ivoire TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations will gain momentum in June 2022 when the Group Stages commence.

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Ahead of the draw, Sierra Leone, who missed out on a place in the last sixteen in Cameroon following a 1-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea, placed in Pot 2.

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Pot 1  Senegal  Morocco  Nigeria  Egypt  Tunisia  Cameroon  Algeria  Mali  Ivory Coast  Burkina Faso  Ghana  DR Congo

Pot 2  South Africa  Cape Verde  Guinea  Gabon  Benin  Uganda  Zambia  Congo  Equatorial Guinea  Madagascar  Kenya  Sierra Leone

Pot 3  Namibia  Mauritania  Guinea-Bissau  Niger  Libya  Mozambique  Malawi  Togo Zimbabwe  Gambia  Angola  Comoros

Pot 4  Tanzania  Central African Republic  Sudan  Rwanda  Burundi  Ethiopia  Eswatini  Lesotho  Botswana  Liberia  South Sudan  São Tomé and Príncipe

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Leone Stars in high spirit to end their Mediterranean trip on a good footing when they take on the Red Devils of Congo on Tuesday afternoon at the Mardan Sports Multi-Purpose Stadium in Antalya, Turkey.

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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