Sierra Leone National Team

Leone Stars squad and coaching / medical staff [Training Camp ahead of Leone Stars v Swaziland May 2014 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)]

Coach McKinstry has named the starting eleven that will face Swaziland later today.

Goalkeeper
Solomon Zombo Morris (US Quevilly, France)

Defenders
Umaru Bangura (Dinamo Minsk, Belarus)
Ibrahim Marcel Koroma (Varbergs BoIS, Sweden)
Ibrahim 'Soja' Kamara (FC Johansen, Sierra Leone)
Yeami Dunia (FC Johansen, Sierra Leone)

Midfielders
Alfred 'Zagalo' Sankoh (Sanliurfaspor, Turkey)
Khalifa Jabbie (Balikesirspor, Turkey)
Michael Lahoud (Philadelphia Union, USA)

Forwards
Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough, England)
Abdulai Bell Baggie (Tranmere Rovers, England)
Sulaiman Sesay (ETAR FC, Bulgaria)

Substitutes
Aruna Kamara Bangla (FC Kallon, Sierra Leone)
Ishmael 'JawJaw' Koroma (Old Edwardians, Sierra Leone)
Nathanial 'Thongor' Fullah (Ports Authority, Sierra Leone)
Ibrahim Kallay (IFK Lulea, Sweden)
Fayia Kobba (Kamboi Eagles, Sierra Leone)

  

Ibrahim 'Soja' Kamara and Yeame Dunia Selected to make their international debut for the Leone Stars [Leone Stars v Swaziland May 2014 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)]

 

The starting eleven includes two players making their full international debut - Ibrahim 'Soja' Kamara and Yeame Dunia. Both players had featured in recent games in the WAFU Home based players tournament in Ghana (2013) and in the recent u-20 games against Guinea and Ghana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparation Highlights 

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Notes to Editors

  1. The game is the first game (away leg) in the second round qualifier against Swaziland on 18 May 2014 as part of AFCON 2015  
  2. You can read more about the AFCON 2015 tournament and the Leone Stars fixtures.
  3. Johnny McKinstry was appointed Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team on 11th April 2013.  You can read more about his time in charge of the Leone Stars
  4. See www.johnnymckinstry.com for a range of information - biography, press releases and photographs for press use.
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About Coach McKinstry

Coach McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach.  He is currently Head Coach of the Uganda National Team - the Uganda 'Cranes'.   By December 2019, after only 3 months in charge, Uganda had won CECAFA 2019; were sitting top of their AFCON qualification group; and had secured 9 wins and 1 draw from 10 games.

He was International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team (2015-16). Within just 17 months he led Rwanda to a number of highs - including their first ever appearance in the knockout stages of a major international tournament (Quarter-finals of CHAN, Jan 2016) and finished runner-up in CECAFA (Dec 2105), being named 'Coach of the Tournament' for his efforts. 

He was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team (2013-14). Within just over a year, he had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World (August 2014).  He was Head Coach of Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh Premier League (2018-19); and FK Kauno Zalgiris, Lithuanian A-Lyga (2017-18).  He is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach. 

Coach McKinstry is a member of 'Common Goal'. Together members seek to support high-impact organisations that harness the power of football to advance the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Quotes: What the media say

  • Johnny McKinstry is one of the most intelligent, level-headed and knowledgeable managers in the game today. Few can match his achievements by the age of 30, and fewer still the success he has enjoyed in the game.

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    These Football Times
  • This is not a man who does things by the book. Having been a coach from the age of 15, McKinstry already has miles on the clock.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
  • Under his management, the team played attractive football, scored goals and racked up some important results.

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    Eoin O'Callaghan the42.ie
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