Sierra Leone striker Kei Kamara has made a personal plea on Monday for a dialogue to end the current face-off between the Isha Johansen led executive and football stakeholders.
The Columbus Crew striker has urged the country’s football authority to end the current power struggle as he emphasised that the country football must be the priority.
The Columbus Crew forward while reflecting on the race to Gabon and the ongoing football impasse, Kamara said, “If all politics is put aside and everyone in charge of preparation sacrifice all they can for ‘Mama Salone’ then there shouldn’t be a problem.”
“If our house is in order the chance of qualification will be more of a reality. Unity brings success.
“There’s about a month till the first game and we are still without a coach,” Kamara, 30, told footballsierraleone.net.
“How can the team prepares well, if there is no harmony within football, it will be impossible for us to talk about the team without focusing on the football authorities in charge of organising and running the football. A football pundit who wants to remain undisclosed reiterated.
Despite the numerous talents of foreign-based players in recent years Sierra Leone have not been able to qualify for AFCON tournament in 19 years since 1996 finals in South Africa, any failure to qualify will mark 21 years running since icon Mohamed Kallon winning goal.
Kallon was the youngest ever player in the tournament when he hit a last minute goal for Sierra Leone to defeat Burkina Faso 2-1. Sierra Leone joined the Afcon history with first ever victory in an African Nations Cup.
The Leone Stars of Sierra Leone will kick start another attempt to return to the continental big stage taking on Sudan in their first qualification match for a place in Gabon 2017.
However, the ongoing bickering was a major highlight of Sierra Leone 2015 Afcon qualification campaign.
Last month the power struggle over the running of football in Sierra Leone has taken a turn for the worse after the FA’s Congress which was scheduled for in Makeni was postponed unexpectedly.
In another twist, delegates who want to remove the FA executive from power last week called for the formation of an interim body, after claiming they have dissolved the Isha Johansen led executive, a move that was rejected by FIFA in January.
Sierra Leone 2015 campaign was also dogged by the stigma surrounding the Ebola outbreak back that has ravaged hundreds of lives.
However, there is hope that Confederation of African football (CAF) will lift bans on affected countries to host international matches once more.
The World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola on Saturday, making it the first of the three hardest-hit West African countries to bring a formal end to the epidemic and no recent case in Sierra Leone in a week.
By Alie Bittar