Thousands of Sierra Leoneans left the National Stadium crest fallen after they watched Leone Stars disgracefully lose their last match in the CAN 2008 qualifier to Benin by 2-0 goals.
Local fans expressed their disapproval of the performance of the national team who bagged only a single point in the entire series by attacking their dressing room rendering the air with unprintable words on the players and coaches.
Some even called for the disbanding of national team and also the entire executive of the football association as they have woefully failed this nation by not winning a single match since they assumed office.
Some of the aggrieved fans were heard saying that the Football Association (FA) President made a promise that if he fails to qualify the team he would resign.
Now soccer fans are demanding that he acts on his words as he has failed the nation.
After the match, one of the FA’s public relations personnel informed the media that Coach John Jebboh Sherington and his crew had been sacked on the instruction of Nahim Kadi the FA President.
That instruction was reportedly to be effected by the scribe of the association Alimu Bah, but it was further alleged that on assumption of office the coach was not given a letter of appointment.
Another distasteful news that broke out just before the match was that the players are demanding US$1,000 (approximately Le3m each) for match appearance, but it was not ascertained whether the ‘money-spending spree’ association yielded to their demands.
The match itself is nothing to write home about as the performance of the players lacked that of a national squad.
They were just not too impressive leaving many to ponder whether they should patronise the team on Wednesday against Guinea-Bissau in the world cup preliminary stage.
As Leone Stars failed, it was a smooth ride into Ghana for Mali and Benin after a tense climax to Group 9 on Friday.
Mamadou Diallo scored in injury time to seal a 2-0 win for Mali over Togo in Lome as Oumar Tchomogo was on target twice for Benin.