I wish to congratulate Leone Stars for the match they drew in South Africa as it was good for them to be competitive at times, but is it not too little too late for Nations Cup 2010? I think so.
Even though the match was a one sided affair with no shot at goal for Leone Stars, they were able to frustrate the opponents until the end of 90 minutes.
Presently, South Africa is the weakest of the big guns in Africa and I’m sure they will set a record by hosting the world cup and being unable to win a single match.
Brazilian coaches are not the best for African football as we play a more technical game than the tactical game they play in South America. Our football is very similar to the Europeans so European coaches will do well in Africa as both continents play more physical and long ball game.
Too much of flare is not needed in our game that is why Holland and Spain are finding it hard to succeed in Europe.
What we care about was that we took four points from them and left them in a very bad shape as host of the 2010 World Cup. Their qualification to the Nations cup few months before the World Cup would be a big boost for them, but the chances of going to Angola looks dim.
Three of the players that were in South Africa in the persons of Sahr Senesie, Gibril Sankoh and Kewullay coming from better leagues maybe would continue to help the team get some respect.
Qualification is bleak and we should start working for 2012 now if we are to succeed, and that does bring me to this weekend elections.
This weekend will be the make or break of Sierra Leone football as delegates will be going to the polls to select a new and better executive.
All the football stake holders are expected to be part of this voting congress to elect a new and vibrant executive, but how many candidates we have I don’t know, I only know of Foday Bangso and Nahim Kadi.
Five years ago I criticized Nahim constructively without no malice as I was of the opinion that administratively, he can’t perform, some people accepted my views, others just thought I was being personal, but at the end I was proved right as the man has messed up the association.
How can a president of a whole football association who took over with so many assets including a well furnished office, could move the association’s office to his house. How can a president succeed when he does not listen to the Secretary General and even in malice with him because of his Hench men (JJ and Taqi). How can a whole association be unable to present a financial report for years now, its really pathetic.
With all these flaws, this man has the guts to tell Sierra Leoneans and especially the delegates that he should be given a second chance. Are the people of Sierra Leone that stupid or shortsighted that they will support such nonsense to continue in the most popular sport in the country?
I don’t think so, but we are waiting for that day to see if the delegates would receive bribes and vote for him again.
If Nahim Kadi wins that election, then I know that Sierra Leone will never ever progress in all perspective and will continue to be the poorest and most impoverished in the world.
Also if Nahim wins, then that is the end of football and we will pray for those delegates and their families to suffer until death because they would have sold their rights for another Le300,000.
Knowing Nahim, he will not campaign, he will wait for the eve with his Hench men especially JJ to get the delegates to vote for him by giving money and in turn, they take oath on a Bible or Quran and ‘sassa’.
He did it in Makeni when most of the impoverished delegates sold their votes for money; maybe some of them are ready to do it again.
Emmerson in his song Borbor Belle, prayed and put a curse on many of the SLPP members, what happened? SLPP lost the presidential elections with many Parliamentary seats. We will do the same if these delegates prefer to sell their votes.
The latest stories I read on line, I understood that Nahim and John Conteh of Kalloene Radio are at logger heads because of the investigation the reporter did on the friendlies Leone Stars played in England.
This is just the beginning as I said in my last article, how this guy made millions of Leones from those friendlies, Africell, SLCB, FIFA and the WAFU problem between the Nigerian and Ivorian FA presidents.
If this guy is kicked out, please the new executive should investigate fully all these areas especially the money the Nigerian FA president gave him for SLFA.
He should not be left to go unpunished as this guy really destroyed the association, even the furniture left by Tolla Thompson at the Academy have all disappeared.
All workers at the FA office should be investigated; most of those guys down at Kingtom made millions of Leones under this executive, because they found out that Nahim was a nonentity in the area of keeping records.
I hope that the elections would not be postponed and that the delegates would for once put their impoverished state at the back and try to bring in a better executive that will change the course of the game.
Football is a rich sport and if managed well most of these club officials will make millions from their players and advertisement.
I am appealing to them not to repeat what they did five years ago as it would not augur well for the country. The earlier they pride themselves, the better it would be for their conscience and God.
I hope we can get a new executive to change the course of the game and make football in the country more competitive, successful and profitable.
By Austin Thomas in China