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Leone Stars performed incredibly well on Saturday by showing the Harambee Stars who the bosses were in football.  But for our national team to win group F and qualify for Cameroon 2019, we must improve on the talent level in the team.   Watching a video of the game yesterday, I saw many holes in the team’s defense and midfield that must be covered if the team is to do well in its remaining games. 

Fortunately, there are Sierra Leonean stars with English Premier league experience that have not yet  represented Sierra Leone at any level in football.  We need these players to augment what we already have in the national team:  

1.       Nathaniel Chaloba:  Born in Freetown but left for England at age 7.  Chaloba plays for Chelsea FC in the English premier league.  Coming off the bench, he was a big part of Chelsea’s march to the premier league championship last year.  Chaloba is a box to box midfielder who will greatly complement the game of Kei Kamara, our

main striker.


2.      Trevor Chaloba:  Brother of Nathaniel, he was also born in Freetown.  At 17, he is already touted as the heir apparent to  soon-to-be retired John Terry, Chelsea’s central defender for over a decade.   Trevor is big and strong and would add muscle to a shaky Leone Stars defense.


3.      Liam Rosenior:  Rosenior’s father, Leroy, played a game for the Leone Stars in 1993.  The younger Rosenior is a full back for Brighton & Hove Albion FC, a team that will play in England’s premier league in the 2017-2018 season.  Rosenior’s hard-nosed defense will help tighten up the Leone Stars defense.  



4.      Curtis Davies:  Davies has had a long career playing for West Bromwich Albion FC, Aston Villa FC, Leicester City FC, Birmingham City FC, Hull City FC and Derby County FC in England.  He is another hard-nosed defender that will be of great help to the Leone Stars.


5.      Sullay Kaikai:  Kaikai is the son of veteran Kailahun politician, Navo Kaikai.  He is a striker with Crystal Palace FC in England.  Kaikai is without a doubt better than Alhassan Kamara who partnered with Kei Kamara in the Kenya game.  He will bring much scoring prowess to Leone Stars.

No disrespect to Kenya and Ethiopia but a group that has Ghana can always be difficult to navigate and win.   The Ghanaians looked unbeatable as they overwhelmed Ethiopia in Kumasi on Sunday.  And they had reinforcements from Raphael Dwamena, Ebenezer Ofori, and Thomas Agyepong, the new boys on the Black Stars block.   There is no doubt that augmenting the Leone Stars with the players mentioned above  will strengthen the team and put it in a position to ultimately win the group's ticket to AFCON 2019 in Cameroon.

Spectator 007
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@Footballer: Thanks for providing background info on these players.

Please post link for the game.
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The video was on the website.  But it is no longer there.
Spectator 007
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Thanks. I'll save the URL all the same for future use.
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@Footballer, Nathaniel Chaloba is already in the England under 21 team I believe. What do you think his chances are of making it as a top player? My thoughts are that if he is as good as everyone seems to think, he may opt to play for England rather than the land of his birth.
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@ DMK, Nathaniel is now 22.  Yes, he has played for England Under 21.  But he is still eligible to play for Sierra Leone since he has not yet represented England at the senior level.  

What are Nathaniel's chances of making it as a top player?  Great.  Remember, he has been in the Chelsea system since he was 15 and has been sent on loan to other premier league teams to gain more experience.  Moreover, it was due to his emergence as a bona fide midfielder that pushed Chelsea to part ways Jon Mikel Obi, the Nigerian.   Nathaniel will get better as Chelsea gives him more playing time.

Will he opt for Sierra Leone?  I don't see why he would not.  But we have not yet approached him to join our national team.  Since he was born in Sierra Leone, we don't have to go through any FIFA formalities for him to join the Leone Stars.  All we have to do is invite him to the national team.

In the past, we have let other big English premier league stars that qualified to play for Sierra Leone go without contacting them.  Remember, Ryan Giggs, Nigel Reo-coker, Carlton Cole, Chris Bart-Williams?

Half of Senegal's national team was born and raised in France.  They qualified to play for Senegal because their parents are Senegalese.  

Leone Stars faces a tough task to qualify for the African Nations Cup tournament to be held in Cameroon in 2019.  The team needs reinforcement.

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