The announcement which was published in both the SLFA website and their Facebook page reads: “The SLFA invites applications from suitable and qualified Sierra Leoneans as well as foreign nationals for the position of head coach of the Sierra Leone National Football team; Leone Stars. The duration of the contract is between two (2) and four (4) years based on the objective, mission or target attached to the contract.”
The SLFA’s search for a new coach came just over three weeks after the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) paired Sierra Leone, Champions Ivory Coast, Sudan and tournament host Gabon in group I of the 2017 qualifying round.
However, the SLFA have stated several criteria amongst others which a; potential candidate must have are a high level football coaching degree-the highest in the country for local coaches, must have played football at a professional level as an added advantage and also have a huge knowledge about African football.
According to SLFA, a deadline of May 8 has been given for interest by local and international coaches to apply. Irish man, coach Johnny McKinstry was Sierra Leone last foreign coach after his dismissal, John Ajina Sesay was appointed as interim coach-and he took charge of the team with three remaining matches in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers against DR Congo and a double header with Cameroon.