Sierra Leone’s national team; Leone Stars on Tuesday started their work-out and light training session on their first day camping at a luxury hotel and sports complex in Accra, Ghana owned by former France international (Ghanaian-born) Marcel Desailly.
The September 3rd match has been described as a crucial final Group I clash for Coach Teteh and his boys who need all three points to secure qualification to next year’s tournament showpiece in Gabon.
The Ghanaian tactician who traveled with 15-man home-based squad and three other officials to Accra said decision to setup camp in Accra will help not only lessen the pressure and tension from the Sierra Leonean fans but also give the players a helpful atmosphere to concentrate.
He said: “We are taking the team to Accra to reduce the pressure and tension from the fans at home who would like to see the team succeed in this historical match and in the process create conducive atmosphere for the boys to concentrate on the task ahead. This is a very important match for the country and for the team of young players who have never played in the AFCON finals. We are going to do our best and come out of the match with our heads raised up.”
According to the FA’s media officer, the foreign based players are expected to join the rest of the squad in Accra before departing to Ivory Coast on Wednesday August 31.
The homebased players called up are; Donald Wellington, Mohamed L. Bangura, Prince Barrie, Kwamie Quee, Ibrahim A. Kamara, Ibrahim Kabba, Christiania Moses, Abu Kanu, Kemson Fofanah, Mohamed Kamanoh, Yeami Dunia, Abu Suma, Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Ibrahim Sorie Barrie, Unisa Koroma