The expectation has soared since the Sierra Leone men’s soccer team played out to a goalless draw against the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions in their match day 2 of the African Nation Cup qualifiers last Sunday in Port Harcourt.
With two vital games remaining and Sierra Leone only adrift by two points behind Sudan, Sierra Leoneans are now urging the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) to ensure the country picks the group I qualification ticket.
The fans also warned the SLFA that Sierra Leoneans would not tolerate another AFCON disaster.
Sullay Kabbah, 46, in an email message to FSL, urged the SLFA and the National Sports Ministry to work in harmony bringing onboard it rivals members rather than all the selfish distraction going on within the football fraternity.
Kabbah, who noted that the football FA despite not been perfect and not the worst, members was enjoying a cordial relationship under the former SLFA president Nahim Khadi despite Leone Stars never qualified under his leadership.
“In recent months everything that has been happening is unimaginable between the FA, clubs owners or stakeholders, – shameful to read some of the news over here in Canada.”
Mohamed Fornah vehemently stated “I don’t think Sierra Leoneans will accept another failure for the continent biggest competition. Although is a possibility but I doubt it much. It’s time for the authorities to get it right correct their mistakes and ensure that it becomes our priority to be in the next Africa Nations Cup.”
Many countries like Sierra Leone are certainly not ranked among the top African football nations. However, the country has been proudly able to qualify for two African Nations Cup finals two decades ago.
Sierra Leone last qualified for the African showpiece tournament in South Africa 1996 when fans favourites’ soccer idol at the age of 16, Mohamed Kallon was the youngest player at the tournament.
He scored one of his country’s two goals as Sierra Leone defeated Burkina Faso 2 – 1 in their opening group match at the 1996 African Nations Cup, played at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
“If the country fails to make the 2017 tournament it will mark 21 years of counting our non-excitants since we last compete amongst the best in our continent,” Donald Person stated in his mail.
Meanwhile, caretaker coach, Sellas Tetteh, is eyeing a place in the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon after guarded his side to nick a point against the Elephants.
“We did not win, but I am happy because we played well. Also when you get a point after playing against such an accomplished side, you should be proud,” Tetteh said added: “Now, we must build on this and try as much as possible to qualify for the 2017 AFCON.”
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