The newly appointed Sierra Leone’s head coach, former East End Lions striker Atto Mensah admits he is bursting with pride and satisfaction in taking over his country national team. (Photo: Mensah and Mohamed Kallon)
“I feel very happy and very proud.
“Is an honour to represent the country you love, I appreciates all efforts by the authorities to acknowledged that there are Sierra Leoneans that are capable.
“Straight away I will go to work, the task ahead is huge but we going to weigh up everything in details,” Mensah told Football Sierra Leone.
He added: “I want to pass my knowledge onto the young and future Sierra Leone players, I was with the squad for the Seychelles encounter in Freetown, they were impressive and I will take all the pressure off them, because a lot of the things have to be changed.
The 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 in 1987 and played for the national team of Sierra Leone.
Mensah made his Sierra Leone’s debut in a 2-0 win against Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Freetown in the 1988 Nations Cup qualifiers, providing the assist for the second goal.
He went on to play five more matches for Leone Stars in the 1988 West African regional Zone II football tournament in Guinea Bissau before he departed for Spain and later to the Netherlands where he now resides with his family.
Despite no international of national team experience Mensah holds a UEFA B training certificate last year in the Netherlands, alongside Former Nigeria legend Finidi George. Mensah will be assisted by former Leone Stars skipper John Sama, who played in both the 1994 and 1996 Africa Cup of Nations..