Voice of experience dissects Leone Stars’ demise


A prominent name that headed Sierra Leone Football campaign in the 90’s and chaired the Zone 2 Football tournament that was hosted in Sierra Leone in 1993 to its successful conclusion, Syl Juxon Smith has described the Leone Stars ouster from next year’s edition of the African showpiece in Equatorial Guinea as lack of inspiration and adequate mentoring.

The vibrant Juxon Smith who also heads the national team delegation to camp in South of France before the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia was expressing his dismayed after the Leone Stars accumulated 14 goals in five defeats scored only 3 goals in the just concluded Afcon campaign.

Reacting to Football Sierra Leone headline, “AFCON Group D Wrap: DRC Leopards 3-1 victory not enough for qualification”.

He said: “DRC qualifying or not is not what the issue is. The climax is winning which you can see in the DRC players giving them courage and hope to move on.

“This is what Sierra Leone team lack inspiration and adequate mentoring to believe in themselves.

He blast: “too many interferences, politics and backbiting are not helping football or sports in Sierra Leone which should be the synergy and force to unite the people if manage well.

“This is very sad chapter in Sierra Leone football to note”.

Admiring DRC Leopards who had to wait until the end to know if they have qualified as third best losers, Juxon Smith said:

“The positive spirit and hope from beating Sierra Leone has moved DRC into qualifying as best losers. We must build the morals especially of all national sportsmen and women as the basic ingredients to success and winning”.

“The negative spirit which is defeatist cannot bring positive results to Sierra Leone Football”, he noted.

By Alie A Bittar


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