Sierra Leone caretaker coach Sellas Tetteh is ready to lead Leone Stars in their 2017 African Nations Cup match day 2 despite the unconvincing atmosphere surrounding the National team.
Following the Ebola epidemic last year football ban on Sierra Leone is yet to be lifted, compelling the Leone Stars to play matches on the road.
Despite the squabble between Isha’s led executive and rival members during the FIFA’s visit ahead of the Ivory Coast tie, our sources have stated the Ghanaian is looking forward to the challenge.
However, the Leone Stars boss was unhappy after witnessing a staged protest that obstructed his training session at the FA secretariat on Saturday.
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 is expected to play at the 23,000 –capacity Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.
This will be the first time that Nigeria will host a competitive football game involving two other countries in their territory.
Having lost their first match to Sudan in Khartoum Tetteh must avoid defeat against Ivory Coast to improve their chances of qualifying for the tournament in Gabon in 2017.
As at the time this article was posted the Sierra Leone Football Association has not yet named names of the delegation before their departure, but Football Sierra Leone understands that they will arrive in Lagos today Monday made up of a 32 persons and to be led by President of the Sierra Leone Football Association, Isha Johansen, who will fly into Lagos aboard an Air Ivoire flight and the team will lodge at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.
The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire, champions of Africa, are expected in Lagos on Wednesday.
According to the NFF Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and Television Advisory Committee, High Chief Emeka Inyama, who is playing a key role in the organization of the Leone Stars/Elephants match, said on Sunday that all matters have been working out as planned.
“There are no problems at all and we do not expect any. We are on the ground in Lagos to organize a hitch –free game and we have taken into consideration even the minutest details related to the organization,” Inyama assured.