The proverbial ‘so near, yet so far’, has again haunted our darling Leone Stars, depriving our promising rising stars to showcase their talents in next year’s Gabon/Equatorial Guinea African Football jamboree. However, taking into consideration other qualifying casualties like perennial participants and former tournament champions Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and Cameroon; coupled with the fact that we topped Egypt and equalled on points with last year’s World Cup hosts and 1996 African Champions, South Africa in the same group, Sierra Leoneans could now talk with authority that the country’s football is on the rise.
Sport Minister Calls for Oneness, Vows to Give New Face to Football...As Leone Stars Poise to Thrash Bafana Bafana!
Speaking past Tuesday morning during a radio program on SLBC in view of the preparedness of Leone Stars expected thrashing of South Africa Bafana Bafana to enable Sierra Leone qualify for 2012 Africa cup of nations, Minister of Youth and Sport, Paul Kamara has called on stakeholders of sport disciplines to embrace change and give new face to Sierra Leone soccer.
The visit to Sierra Leone of Brazilian Female football icon, Martha Vieira which was deferred, is expected to take place early this week. The five-time FIFA World Player of the Year’s visit to Sierra Leone was scheduled for August 29- 31, that could have coincided with the Eid ul Fitr (end of Ramadan fast of Muslims).
Sources from Monrovia, the Liberian capital has intimated that contrary to claims from Freetown, the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has revealed that there was no proposed plan for a friendly match between Leone Stars and Lone Star in Liberia.This was confirmed from the Liberia Football Association’s website, 'Liberian Soccer.com'which did not indicate any form of invitation to the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).