Sellas Tetteh’s men will continue their African Nations Cup qualifying campaign in Nigeria September 6 against the African defending champions the side ranked second in Africa.
England-based right-back Mustapha Dumbuya, Genoa midfielder Rodney Strasser, Balikesirspor midfielder, Alfred Zagalo Sankoh, FC Sheriff player Khalifa Jabbie, Greece based international John Kamara, Gibrilla Woobay, Raven FC defender Sheriff Suma are all doubtful of their inclusion in the Sierra Leone squad to face Ivory Coast. – a development that would cost the national side depth in the squad.
Rodney Strasser, Genoa midfielder told footballsierraleone.net, “My team didn’t say anything yet about an invitation from the SLFA.”
“I’m Ok, getting fit now, and hopefully be able to pass a medical at a club before joining the boys if I am called, I haven’t heard anything yet from the FA.” former Notts County right back Dumbuya said.
Balikesirspor midfielder, Alfred Zagalo Sankoh said, “I’m not invited yet not sure why.”
FC Sheriff hard tackling midfielder, Khalifa Jabbie said, I’m surprised, but we have to respect the technical team decision.”
But while all these big names players are likely to be left out, MLS leading goal scorer Kei Kamara and AIK striker we understand they are back to the fold.
Other notable inclusions are Norrkoping Striker, Alhaji Adriano Kamara, Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mohamed Medo Kamara, Dinamo Minsk center back Umaru and France-based stopper Solomon Zombo Morris.
Defender David Simbo of Najran FC from Saudi Arabia also returns after his suspension, he was not part of the side that lost to Sudan 1 nil in Khartoum in the opening game.
However, newly appointed head coach Sellas Teivi Tetteh will be leading the National team against the African defending Champions, but some foreign-based players already in doubt that the Ghanaian is not the one making the selection of invited foreign-based players.
The Leone Stars have a busy schedule in the coming months in October they will play away to Chad in the World Cup preliminary first leg.
Sierra Leone sits at the bottom of Group 1 after a 1 nil defeat away to Sudan in the opening match last June.
Group I also includes 2017 Nations Cup hosts Gabon, but their matches will count as friendlies and the group winners advance to the Gabon finals.
By Alie Bittar