As we usually say in krio ‘cow nor go die e nor shake een tail’, of course the win last Saturday was good for Leone Stars as they should not be beaten always at home.
In my last article, I said Leone Stars are fighting for six points and two goals from the home matches against South Africa and Equatorial Guinea. Now they have secured the first win and obviously they can’t score more than one goal as I have been following them for a long time.
Even though most of the reports say that South Africa played better than them, it doesn’t matter as the end always justify the means. Who scores wins, so Leone Stars won.
Now they are heading for South Africa for the reverse fixture this weekend, but would they also prove me wrong this time? I don’t hope so. Because in recent times, Leone Stars cannot win away even playing against a weaker side like Guinea Bissau, they failed to win, so it will be another uphill task for them to do the double against the 2010 world cup hosts.
I am sure this should be the last match for the current SLFA executive as the elections should be next weekend, so I’m hoping the club officials would vote conscientiously to make sure they elect a better executive who can turn around the state of football in the country.
The present executive have really enjoyed themselves by filling their pockets with FIFA, Africell, WAFU, London friendlies and Commercial Bank monies. It should be enough for them now so they should pack and go without given ‘INJECTMENT NOTICE’.
We want a formidable league to nurture good players that can compete in all levels and not players that would be playing in obscure leagues in Europe and Asia.
Sierra Leoneans want to see their players in French, English, German, Spanish and Italian sides, we should not be talking always about Ghanaians, Nigerians, Ivorians etc. its time for us to be boastful of our own talents.
I remember when we were watching Italian league, we were always happy because there were two players in Kewullay and Mohamed Kallon, but now we can’t see any, even me in China can’t see the obscure Indonesian league let alone people in Sierra Leone.
The Nigerian FA have made a serious indictment on SLFA that they were not taken care of according to the FIFA rules and we are yet to visit Abuja. Do we expect them to treat us well, no! They are going to pay us with our own coin, so Leone Stars should be prepared for the worse when they visit Abuja.
Well the Nigeria versus Sierra Leone match is more or less academic, because Nigeria have beaten Equatorial Guinea in the reverse fixture. Maybe they would not worry, but they would want to disgrace us and we should be prepared for it on and off the pitch.
Once again, I hope the club officials would not be swearing on Bible, Quran or ‘sasa’ this time round and I hope Nahim Kadi and his boys would not indulge in fetish acts as it is something common with his henchmen.
Sierra Leone needs a viable FA that would be accountable to the people and government and moreover would bring back the lost pride of football to the nation.
It was Sierra Leonean footballers who taught West Africans how to play soccer, but today the Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria are miles ahead of us and we don’t even know if we would ever be on the same level with them anymore.
SLFA, be prepared as you will not be facing the same team that you defeated in Freetown when you play in South Africa this weekend as they will reshuffle their pack because they want those three points to put them in firm control of second place.
As I conclude, I want Sierra Leoneans to note that the only way we can enjoy football is when it becomes an industry where we will see many of our players plying their trade in the footballing nations and competing for trophies on all front.