Leone Stars name mainly home-based squad to battle Angola
By Mohamed Fajah Barrie in Freetown
Leone Stars will use mainly locally-based players against Angola
Leone Stars Coach Christian Cole has named his final 18-man squad comprising of mainly home-based players to face Angola’s Palancas Negras in a friendly International match in Cabinda on Saturday at 14:00GMT (15:00 local time).
The match was originally scheduled to take place
on Sunday but was brought forward to Saturday to allow Leone Stars return home on
Palancas Negras are using the match as part of their preparations for 2012 African Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon
starting on January 21. They are in group B alongside Ivory Coast, Sudan and Burkina Faso.
The Leone Stars squad comprises of 13 home-based players and five foreign-based. Nine of the selected players are looking forward to
make their senior international debuts. They are Saway Dollar, Abu Kanu, Abraham Mike Lewis, Issa Kamara,
Alpha Sama, Yamusa Sesay, Dauda Kanu, Ibrahim K. Fofanah and Idrissa Sesay.
Only one of the foreign-based players is a regular in the team and he’s goal Keeper Christina Caulker.
Coach Cole says he selected more of locally-based players because he believes in them and wants to start preparing them for the 2013
African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.
“I believe in all the home based players I selected and I’m confident that the team will do well against Angola,” Coach told
He added: “A coach should always give chance to new players whenever his team are playing a friendly match and this is what I’ll be doing
The bulk of the players I’m taking to Cabinda are locally based and I’m going to use the match to start prepare for the 2013 CHAN
25-man in all including seven officials will form the Leone Stars delegation departing Freetown on Friday at 5:30 GMT to the northern Angolan province of Cabinda.
See list of players and officials below.
Goal Keepers: Christian Caulker (Vasteras SK, Sweden), Habib Sesay
(Ports Authority FC)
Defenders: Saway Dollar (Mighty Blackpool) Mohamed Fornah (Freetown City FC), Abu Kanu (Foreign-based- club unknown), Desmond Wellington
(Ports Authority FC), Abraham Mike Lewis (Mighty Blackpool), Issa Kamara (East End Lions)
Midfielders: Alpha Sama (Foreign-based- club unknown), Ayo King (Ports Authority FC), Yamusa Sesay (East End Lions), Dauda Kanu (East End
Lions), Abu Mansaray (Foreign-based- club unknown), Idrissa Sesay (Mighty Blackpool)
Forwards: Muwaid Sesay (Ports Authority FC), Mohamed Kabia (Syrianska FC- Sweden), Ibrahim K. Fofanah (Kallon FC), Donald Wellington (Ports Authority FC)
Abdul Amin Kanasieu (SLFA Ex-officio member and leader of delegation)
Bai Kabia (Director of Sports, NSC)
Sorie Ibrahim Sesay (PRO, SLFA)
Ibrahim Mansaray (Team Manager)
Christian Cole (Head Coach)
Prince Toe (Assistant Head Coach)
Ahmed Labbay (Team Doctor)
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