Football fans globally have lashed out as they launched a spiteful outburst at the Sierra Leone Sports Ministry and Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), describing them as ‘fair-weather officials’ who are to be blame for the downward spiral state of the country’s football.
The disunity within the country’s football is nothing new and because some of the individual decisions and lack of patriotism Leone Stars has been descending on the continental stage. Following Leone Stars defeat to Sudan on the opening day of the qualifiers indigenous are calling for national unity if they are to have any chance getting their Gabon 2017 African Cup of Nations campaign back on track
Recent mix-up and disarray ripping through Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and its affiliates not showing any sign of fading, the FA’s long-awaited congress was brought to an abrupt end amid allegation of eligibility of some of the delegates.
Leone Stars 2015 campaign was a shamble after the Sports Ministry and the FA named two sets of coaches for Sierra Leone double header in Cameroon. It was very disappointing securing only a point from six matches and yet the authorities learned nothing from it.
“The FA and stakeholders must be united or Leone Stars will struggle again they are just fair-weather officials, we are not ready to compete against the big names in African football. Going back to the drawing board is actually what we need, prepares from grass-root football,” Sulaiman Conteh told footballsierraleone.net.
“The SLFA must take full responsibility for what is happening in our football. It is a tragedy for us to keep fighting at the expense of our national teams. Football is the most loving sport yet not much effort and sacrifice is made for our national teams in achieving their goals,” Mamoud Conteh Virginia.
“Isha Johansson sees Blatter as a “father figure” The deputy sports minister sees Blatter’s resignation as good news. It sure doesn’t sound right for Salone football,” former Sierra Leone international Paul Kpaka noted.
“The Ministry and FA commitment should be making efforts to build a sustainable football culture in our country, but it seems the other way round. Since Isha Johansen’s led executive took power dubiously nothing has changed. This is so disappointment, it time for reconciliation we have to give it our best shot and the government must be fully in support of the team.” Lamin Bangura Conakry Guinea
Mohamed Kanu said, “Things need to change in all aspect of our game, we are not united, the defeat in Sudan is down to inadequate preparation, the boys put up their best, but that was not good enough against one of the best teams in Africa.
“Football is the leading game in bringing people together but not in Sierra Leone. It is more than justified that the Sports Ministry and SLFA can’t work together, Leone Stars result has been poor due to many factors surrounding the team’s preparation, we not sure of hosting Ivory Coast in Freetown and we don’t want 2015 camping to repeat itself. Playing our home matches away will not help Leone Stars 2017 outing.” Kallie Kanu in Rabat.
“Ivory Coast will be determined and they will really be too strong for us if we are playing our home tie in Abidjan. We must best at our best – the logic is the FA and Ministry must have to reconcile for a better working environment,” Emmanuel Bangura noted.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank the players for their sacrifices, I followed them true out the 2015 AFCON campaign was pathetic what they have to go through, but that is all down to disunity in our football. The Ministry should be very much ashamed from Government point of view, Leone Stars is a government responsibility why are our national heroes going out to compete without the government blessings? SLFA must also take a fair share of the blame to what is on,” Jeneba Sawaneh South London
“This is a dark moment in our football, but we will emerge into the sunshine shortly after everyone realised what is the problem. Isha Johansen is part of the problem, she is out to the international world looking for a place at FIFA when she cannot even unite his own people, I don’t think the international media asked her the right question about her leadership in Sierra Leone.” Charlie Noah Maryland.
Sierra Leone are now stuck at the bottom of the log, Sudan top of Group I with three points ahead of joint second placed Cote d’Ivoire and Gabon who played to a 0-0 draw in the group’s other match on Sunday.
Next Group I matches, Sierra Leone will host Cote d’Ivoire while Sudan take on Gabon in September away in Libreville.