The Sierra Leone Football Association is looking to appoint a new head coach that will take charge of the national team upcoming Group I African Nations Cup qualifying matches taking on Afcon holders Ivory Coast, host Gabon and Sudan.
Sierra Leone is approaching a run for a place in Gabon 2017 when the qualifying starts on the weekend of June 12, 14, 2015. Their first match of the qualifiers will be away in Khartoum before hosting Ivory Coast.
The Football FA is yet to name any potential candidate for the post, However, a statement issued by the SLFA media said: “The duration of the contract is between two and four years based on the objective, mission or target attached to the contract.”
It is yet unclear whether Sierra Leone will be able to play their Afcon matches at home due to CAF bans on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from hosting any international football match over fears of spreading Ebola.
The three countries were banned from hosting any international match until mid-September 2014, but CAF has decided to extend the ban indefinitely.
It could be recall that a row over Head Coach and backroom staff was the highlight of Sierra Leone 2015 AFCON campaign when the country’s FA and sports ministry announcing two separate sets of coaches for Cameroon double header.
Former midfielder John Ajina Sesay was appointed by the FA in a move that flung Sierra Leone’s preparations in Yaoundé into confusion after the sports ministry appointed Atto Mensah following the sacking of Johnny McKinstry.
Sierra Leone has only managed to participate twice in the continental big stage in 1994 and 1996.
Swede coach Roger Palmgren was not yet 30 when he coached Sierra Leone at the 1996 African Nations Cup finals in South Africa and declared an interest in the job again when it became available in 2002.
In Tunisia, 1994 french coach Raymond Zarpanelian was in charge of the Sierra Leone team.
Group I: Ivory Coast, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Gabon
By Alie Bittar