Tetteh gauges chances against African champions


Sellas Tetteh reckons winning against Ivory Coast on Sunday is not a mission impossible, but acknowledged it’s a difficult task. (FSL Predicted Lineup pictured)

Leone Stars opened their campaign with a disappointing 1 nil defeat to Sudan in Khartoum on June 14, with Sherrington’s charges unable to find a way past Sudan resilient on the pitch.

Tetteh, 58, who was the technician that guided the Ghana under-20 team to the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, told cafonline.com “I’m aware of the huge challenge of playing against the Elephants, but we cannot underrate ourselves in this match. In Football, nothing is impossible.

“These boys have done quite a good job in training sessions and as a coach I have a responsibility to expose them to such games. I want to give them more opportunities to learn from their mentors especially the foreign-based players. This will bring development and progression in Sierra Leone Football.”

Tetteh will officially begin his role as Leone Stars coach when he leads the men’s senior national football team to face Ivory Coast in Nigeria for their African Cup of Nations qualifiers on the 6th September before facing Chad away in the World Cup preliminary in October.

The Sunday’s qualifier between the Leone Stars and the Elephants will now take place at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt instead of the 23,000 –capacity Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

The Ghanaian reiterated that Sierra Leone winning morale is below par but is working towards a respectable result to start with.

“I am taking over a team whose morale has been at the lowest ebb and not won matches. My duty is to help the team from its losing streak and restore confidence into the players.”

He faces a double-headed must-win situation in his new spell in charge of the Leone Stars.

Tetteh must avoid defeat against Ivory Coast in a Cup of Nations qualifier in Nigeria next month to be favoured to remain in charge of Sierra Leone.

The Ghanaian coach should also help Sierra Leone to win the match so that the Leone Stars can improve their chances of qualifying for the tournament in Gabon in 2017.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Solomon Zombo Morris (US Quevly, France), Unisa Koroma (East End Lions FC)

Defenders: Umaru Bangura (Dinamo Minsk, Belarus), David Simbo (Nijran FC, Saudi Arabia), Mohamed Kamanor (FC Kallon), Ibrahim Kamara (FC Johansen), Abu Kanu (Mighty Blackpool), Kemson Fofanah (Eat End Lions FC), Abu Suma (FC Johansen)

Midfielders: Mohamed Kamara (Bolton Wanderers, England), Yeami Dunia (FC Johansen) Sorie Barrie (FC Johansen), Abu Sesay (OPS, Finland), George Mattar (FC Johansen), Kwame Quee (FC Johansen), Alfred Saquela (Central Parade FC

Forwards: Mohamed Bangura (AIK Stockton, Sweden), Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew, USA), Lansana Kamara (FC Kallon), Christian Moses (FC Kallon)

Sierra Leone vs Ivory Coast

Venue: Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt (Nigeria) Sunday, September 6, 2015, at 16h (local time or 15H GMT).


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