Head coach of Sierra Leone’s national team, John Keister has said he will heartily welcomed Derby County defender, Curtis Davies to the country’s national team, Leone Stars.
The 32-year-old defender who in April 2014 first expressed his desire to represent the West African nation recently dropped another big hint that he would like to play for the Sierra Leone’s national team before he retires from football.
“We need the best to play for our national team and for me this is welcome news for us and hopefully we are going to work towards that,” Coach Keister said.
“It is good he has expressed his interest to play for us, we will try to contact him as we wanted the best players lined-up for our national team. We must try and engage him now to know much about his desire and further information.”
Coach Keister’s reaction came just days after Davies’ in his recent interview with Michael Butler of the Guardian newspaper in United Kingdom said: “I’ve thought about representing my dad’s country but the timing was wrong. The team was banned from travelling to certain games because of Ebola. I remember there was a game against Seychelles that was cancelled a few years ago. There were fears anybody – a kit man or bus driver – could have passed on the disease. I would like to represent Sierra Leone before I retire but I don’t want to put my club career on the line – even if I went to the Africa Cup of Nations, I could lose my place at Derby.”
Curtis Davies was born in Leytonstone, London, to an English mother and a Sierra Leonean father. He started his football career with Wimbledon as a trainee at the age of 15.