No Kargbo, Barlay, Koroma, Caulker in Sierra Leone AFCON squad


Leone Stars coach Johnny McKinstry left out most key and experience players from his 20-man that will face Ivory Coast later Today at the Felix Houphouet Boingy Stadium in Abidjan. (Photo: Kargbo in action for Atlectico Clube de Portugal)

It’s no secret that the former Willem 11 defensive midfielder Ibrahim ‘Obreh’ Kargbo who is also Ex-Sierra Leone captain is among 15 players and officials that were suspended indefinitely over allegations of match-fixing.

The three other vital players that the National team will not benefit from their experience later today are Ibrahim Koroma Swedish club Varbergs BoIS defender, Samuel Barlay Syrianska IF Kerburan midfielder and Christian Caulker. However, Genoa midfielder, Rodney Strasser will also miss-out through injury.

The four will unquestionably make the list of Sierra Leone best in recent years up until their suspension with more than 200caps between them for the Sierra Leone national side, including the 1-all draw in Cairo, 0-0 in South Africa against Bafana Bafana in the 2012 Afcon qualifiers and their omission means that the Irish manager have to make do with what available for the Ivory Coast trip.

Football fans are accusing the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and Sport Ministry of their monumental AFCON blunder by leaving Kargbo, Koroma, Barlay and Caulker for the qualifiers.

Former Leone Stars players in the UK told Football Sierra Leone that football authorities should have solved the suspension of these vital players for such an important match ahead of the Afcon qualifiers, instead of leaving the four experience players in the wilderness.

They believe these players are still amongst the best in their respective roles with something to offer in terms of leadership.

One said: “I would definitely have taken all four because they still actively can deliver for the national team, the FA and Sport ministry supposed to have solved the issue before now”.


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