Former Sierra Leone international John Keister is hopeful that he will impress the Sierra Leone Football body (SLFA) in a bid to be named the new head coach of the National football team.
The position fell vacant after John Sesay’s (alias Alina) appointment ended last year.
Sesay, who is a Sierra Leone legend had a four match spell after succeeding Irishman Johnathan Mckinstry.
The FA is yet to announce names of other contenders for the post but Keister, 44, declared his intention on the SLFA facebook page he posted, “John Keister: Please find attached my Application Letter And my CV
28 April at 13:16 “
The Sierra Leone Olympic manager who is in Yaounde seeking qualification spot against a star-studded Cameroon side was an assistant coach under former Sierra Leone manager Johnathan Mckinstry.
The ex-national midfielder is presently taking no chances against Cameroon having reached the second round qualifying stage without action after Guinea-Bissau withdrew at the first round, after weeks of preparations in Freetown.
However, the appointment to name Leone Stars Coach has deferred and is unlikely to take effect until the end of the month our sources close the football Association has said.
It is precisely a month today since it was announced on April 24th, 2015 that the FA is welcoming applicants for the vacant position.
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.
The duration we understand is between two (2) and four (4) years based on all probabilities.
But, an insider at the Ministry and Youth and Sports say while the coach’s appointment is imminent, the approval of the right coach will be a challenging point.
It is well documented the row over coaching staff during the National team outing in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Cameroon.
The country’s Football Association (SLFA) and sports ministry announcing two separate sets of coaches.
Keister began his career with Sierra Leone side Tigres in 1992 before moving to England in 1993. Since living in England he has played for Walsall, Chester City, Shrewsbury Town, Stevenage Borough, Margate and Dover Athletic where he was captain before returning to previous club Margate on a free transfer in September 2009.
The former Shrewsbury Town midfielder has just only 2 international caps for Sierra Leone in his days with non-league side Margate.
He represented Sierra Leone in two World Cup qualifying matches against Nigeria and Morocco, making him the first player from the club to receive international recognition whilst playing for them.
By Alie Bittar