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
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.