Atto Mensah, John Sama appointed to lead Sierra Leone’s Leone Stars


The former East End Lions striker Atto Mensah has been appointed coach of Sierra Leone to replace Johnny Mckinstry who was sacked on Wednesday afternoon.

The 52 year-old will be in charge for Leone Stars remaining games in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers, beginning with Leone Stars double header against Cameroon.

“I’m delighted to be offered the job. It’s an honour to serve my country. It’s a difficult task but I’ll do my best,” the 52-year-old told BBC Sport.

Atto Mensah, a former Leone Stars player, was born in Ghana. He started playing at an early age. His football career brought him to Sierra Leone where he played for E.E. Lions and was naturalized and played for the national team of Sierra Leone.

Football brought him to Spain and later to the Netherlands where he now resides with his family.
With no international of national team experience Mensah holds a UEFA B training certificate last year and has never before managed a national team or a club side.

Mensah will be assisted by former Leone Stars skipper John Sama, who played in both the 1994 and 1996 Africa Cup of Nations.


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