Black Satellites thrashing leaves Sierra Leone in confusion, rival coaches are appointed

Ghana's U20 side has left deep divisions between the Sierra Leone FA and the country's sports ministry after the Black Satellites thrashed them, leaving each body to name rival coaches.

Sports minister Paul Kamara sacked the coach but FA insists he is still in charge

Ghana’s U20 side has left deep divisions between the Sierra Leone FA and the country’s sports ministry after the Black Satellites thrashed them, leaving each body to name rival coaches.

The divisions between the SLFA and the country’s sports ministry escalated after the Black Satellites defeated them 2-0 last week in Sierra Leone.

Each body has named a rival coach for the team ahead of this Saturday’s African Under-20 Championship first round second leg tie in Ghana.

The SLFA insist Alimamy Turay is still in charge of the under-20 side despite an announcement by sports minister Paul Kamara (pictured) last week that he had been sacked.

The minister named former Sierra Leone international Atto Mensah as a replacement for Turay, after the 2-0 loss at home last month in the first leg of the tie against Ghana.

“As far as we are concerned coaches Turay and [his assistant Charlie] Wright are still in charge of the team,” Abu Bakarr Kamara, a member of the SLFA media committee told BBC Sport.

“We don’t recognise the decision taken by the sports minister – football is being administered by the SLFA not the sports ministry.”

But the sports ministry are adamant that Ghana-born Mensa will lead the side in Kumasi this weekend.

“If the SLFA attempts to make any arrangement for the team to travel to Ghana, they’ll not be allowed to leave the country,” deputy sports minister Al Sankoh Al Conteh told BBC Sport.

“We’ve informed all the relevant authorities in Sierra Leone to stop them.”

“Also we have instructed all players to report for training at the National Stadium on Tuesday and any player who fails to show up will be penalised.”

Both sets of coaches has organised training sessions on Monday morning at different venues, with the majority attending Turay’s group.

This latest incident comes exactly three years after Sierra Leone named two different national team squads for a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Again with the ministry and the SLFA appointing rival coaches for the Leone Stars.

Kamara was also involved in another argument with the SLFA just last week.

He prevented SLFA executive committee member Morrison Sannoh from travelling with the Leone Stars for their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tie in Swaziland.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. A concerned citizen says:

    Attoh Mensah was a Ghanaian international player who played professional in Sierra Leone with Simons Awuah, George Gyasi, Buckman, Goalkeeper Adu Nipa, Hooper, Ismael Lamptey, Kofi Nti, Emmanuel Asante etc,[ during the 80's'90's]

    • wilson says:

      as an avid listener of football commentary in the late 70s as a small boy i can recall the names george gyasi, adu nipa & simons awuah. simons awuah for instance played for hearts during 1979 & was the 1 who missed a penalty kick against union duola in cameroun in the finals of the african clubs championship cup.
      however, i cant remember a name in the blackstars called attoh mensah. concerned citizen described him as an ex international. or may be when you play outside your country of birth you could be described as ex international. likewise i cant remember maxwell konadu playing for the blackstars but he has often been described as ex international maybe because he played in portugal.