Following Atto Mensah and John Sama’s appointment to take charge of the Sierra Leone national team ‘Leone Stars’. National legend and former Mighty Blackpool midfield maestro Ibrahim ‘Inspector’ Bah has positively endorsed the decision taken by football Authorities in Sierra Leone.
Photo: L-R Cameroon’s legend Roger Milla and Inspector Bah in the middle in Milla’s house Yaounde 1991.
The Former international and Mighty Blackpool idol believes there is no risks missing out on 2015 African nations Cup finals in Morocco but the key aspects of the national team is putting our house in order for the future.
Atto Mensah first task is coming up twice against Cameroon next month in the Africa Nations Cup qualifiers.
However, Bah has highlighted that the Sport Ministry and the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) must acknowledged it will requires time, back up with the resources to push Sierra Leone football to the height expected.
Talking to Football Sierra Leone, Bah said: “Is a welcome appointment, is about time we make use of our own resourceful former players, both men are former internationals and they know how it feels to be playing without what is required.
“In my opinion, it will be difficult for Atto and Sama, considering we’re bottom of the group and with the present Epidemic affecting our country; we are forced to play in the opponent territories, which a serious disadvantages to start with.
“But a better working relationships and to find out the nuggets of information that might help our football in the near future is the major factor for Atto Mensah to succeed.
“Unity within is another long term problems, we need to eradicates any form of conflict and the whole football family in Sierra Leone should be working together to support Atto Mensah and John Sama.
“You can often learn as much with Unity, but wouldn’t be nice for Atto and Sama if our house is not in order.”
He went further to say: “In an ideal world, I’d rather the governing body of football, SLFA make the appointments”.
Bah was well known as one of the best midfielder in Sierra Leone, he won the Sierra Leone title with Blackpool in 1988 and Ports in 1995 respectively.
A member of the Sierra Leone squad that won the 14 Edition of the Amilcar Cabral Zone II Championship 1995 in Mauritius, played in three Amilcar Cabral, 1987 in Guinea-Bissau, 1988 in Bamako, Mali and the Mauritania 1995.
The former play-maker was part of a big success with the Freetown based club Mighty Blackpool.
In 1989 Mighty Blackpool reached the quarter-final stages of the African Club Champions, the first time a club from Sierra Leone had reached that stage.
In the first round they beat ES Setif from Algeria and on the second round beat the Malian giant club Djoliba Athlectic, before losing in the quarter finals to Tonnerre de Yaoundé.
Bah and his family presently resides in the UK.