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.  As Head Coach of the Uganda National Team, the 'Uganda Cranes' (2019 - 2021) he delivered a WIN from 2 in every 3 games and went undefeated in over 8 in every 10 games played.  This represented the highest 'win' and 'undefeated' rate achieved by a Uganda National Team Coach in over 15 years.  In his first 3 months in charge, he had led Uganda to win CECAFA 2019; had put Uganda top of their AFCON qualification group; and secured 9 wins and 1 draw from his first 10 games.  In winning CECAFA 2019, Uganda did so by winning all six of their matches, only the second time in Uganda's history that they had done so by winning every game they played in the tournament.  In AFCON qualifiers, under his management Uganda were the only team of all 48 nations competing to have conceded zero goals from open play.

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

  • McKinstry has experienced much more than the average coach his age. His career has gone from strength to strength, starting in Northern Ireland and England, then via America to West Africa eventually.

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    Damien Edgar Backpage Football
  • McKinstry has come close to a giant killing before, when his Sierra Leone side came within half an hour of defeating Herve Renard’s Cote d’Ivoire.

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    Ed Dove Goal.com
  • There is an almost missionary zeal to Johnny McKinstry's devotion to his job.

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    Daily Mirror
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