Sierra Leone’s Ghanaian coach, Sellas Tetteh said he is hoping to break the country’s national team, Leone Stars 20 years African Cup of Nations jinx by qualifying to the 2017 tournament in Gabon.
Tetteh, who supervised the Ghanaian U-20 national team, the Black Satellites to an historic feat in 2009 World Cup is focused on qualifying Sierra Leone to next year’s AFCON, 20 years after the country last participated in the tournament, hosted in South Africa in 1996.
“For more than 20 years Sierra Leone has not come so close to qualifying for the tournament, we started this campaign game by game and we are almost there though it is going to be difficult out there,” he said.
“If by the grace of God we did qualify, then we can break the 20 years waiting and definitely, we are on course. We shall see how it goes,” the Ghanaian coach who is yet to secure a permanent job with the Sierra Leone national team said.
In August 2015, Coach Tetteh was named as caretaker boss of Sierra Leone after a loan agreement between the Sierra Leone and Ghana football associations. The gaffer was contracted for three months and in March this year, his loan agreement was extended.