The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has shortlisted former AFC Leopards and current JS Kairouan Coach amongst five others out of a said 63 applicant for the vacant Sierra Leone national team job.
The West African nation is closing in on naming their new coach after whittling down the list of candidates for the job that was left vacant since the sacking of Northern Irishman, Jonathan McKinstry.
The six shortlisted coaches include; former AFC Leopards and JS Kairouan boss, Luc Eymael, Croatia born Mamic Drago, Sierra Leone national U-23 and FC Johansen coach John Keister, German Herzog Carsten, Tahseen Jabbary and former Lesotho coach Zavisa Milosavljevic
“We have chosen the best amongst 63 applicants without favour and we are optimistic that the successful applicant will take Sierra Leone football to another level,” the release quoted the SLFA head of technical department, Brima Mazolla Kamara.
“In selecting the six candidates, we took cognizance of their experience in African football as well as their work plan for the next two years.”
Meanwhile, FC Johansen coach, John Keister is consider as favourites for the job due to his close tie with the SLFA boss Isha Johansen and the technical team whilst Luc Eymael is also seen as an ideal candidate for the job because of his vast experience in African football.
The Belgian, Eymael has coached club teams in Africa since 2010 with the first being AS Vita Club of Congo then Missile FC of Gabon before joining Algerian side MC Oran in 2012 and the following year he moved to AFC Leopards of Kenya. In 2014 he joined Rwanda side Rayon Sports and he is currently the head coach of Tunisia club JS Kairouan.