Born 1973, Abdulai Bah, (pictured) holder of CAF B Licence in his 19-years coaching career this is the first time he will take center stage in the crucial first leg away tie in Nouakchott, Mauritania on Sunday evening.
With the Leone Stars home-based preparing to kick off their campaign in the 2016 African Nations Cup Championship, Head Coach of the team, Bah, 42 has admitted that he knows next to nothing about their opponents and host but dismissed any fears ahead of the opening fixture.
Bah, fondly called ‘Kaloga’ is happily marriage with two kids. He started his coaching career way back in 1996 at a community level with Kingtom Rovers before masterminding his way to a level higher with Real Republicans FC a First division team in 1998.
Bah impressed with brief, but successful coaching periods at Real Republicans and Sierra Rangers FC, a junior team owned by the late Jacques Montouroy a French expert working with CRS.
Mentoring most of the great professional and national heroes today, the likes Leone Stars captain Umaru Bangura ‘Zaingalay’ Bolton midfielder, Mohamed ‘Medo’ Kamara, AIK striker, Mohamed ‘Pobosky’ Bangura, Mustapha ‘Haji’ Bangura and former national No 1 stopper Christian Caulker.
Bah rejoined one of Sierra Leone’s oldest club the present national reigning champions, East End Lions as an assistant coach from Central Parade. He was also part of the Lions technical team that guided the eastern club to the 2010 title.
The former Real Republicans coach was the assistant to John Ajina Sesay during the last four matches of Sierra Leone 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers in Yaoundé, Abidjan and DR Congo against Cameroon, Ivory Coast and DR Leopards respectively.
The East End Lions assistant head coach, who is a very intelligent native with few years of CAF Champions League experience in 2003, 2010 and 2011 told footballsierraleone.net, “To be cautious is the way to our unknown opposition.”
“It will allow the squad to create personality which also creates opportunities.
“And if we can take any opportunity created we’ll profit from the Mauritania encounter.”
The African Nations Cup Championship (CHAN) will be held from January 16-February 7 in Rwanda.
The first edition of CHAN was held by Cote D’Ivoire in 2009 and the second will be held in Sudan in February 2011. Libya will host the third CHAN event in 2014.
By Alie Bittar