The U-17 squad will be going to camp next week ahead of their first encounter match against their Gambian U-17 opponents in Banjul on August 31.
The team his expected to depart the shores of Sierra Leone on August 27 for this all important encounter.
This was disclosed by the U-17 team manager Victor Lewis after the morning training session at the National Stadium and they will subsequently camp outside the capital city.
He stated that no player has a permanent place in the squad and that they have to work very hard to secure their position in the team adding that the selection will be on merit and not on sentiment.
He continued that even when the clubs were off season the players were still training to keep their fitness.
Victor stated that some of the players who went with Central Parade will join the camp as soon as they arrive to continue training with the team.
He advised the players not to say anything about the just concluded SLFA congress warning that their own role as players is to play for the nation and not for any individual.
He also appealed to players who will be unfortunate not to be chosen for the camping that they should be disciplined at all times and go by the rules and regulations governing the camping.
He revealed that they have two stages to go for the team to qualify for the African Nations Cup – if they eliminate Gambia their next opponent will be Algeria and if they eliminate Algeria they are going straight to the U-17 Africa Nation Cup.
If they succeed for in their bid for a place in the AU – U17 African Nations Cup then they will likely go to the U-17 World Cup. Previous U-17 squads some years ago have set the pace when they qualify for both the U-17 Nation Cup and the World Cup.
“You need to follow their footsteps and this team that is coming up will represent Sierra Leone in the 2014 Nation Cup and from this step they move to the U-20, U-23 and to the senior national team.”