Thursday Oct 09, 2014. 11:41
Sierra Leone will aim to end their losing streak when they take on Cameroon in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo on Saturday.
Although the Leone Stars are meant to be the home side, it is Cameroon who will enjoy all the home ground advantage as the tie will be played in their home stadium in Yaoundé due to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.
Apart from the challenge of playing away from home, Sierra Leone go into this game with a coaching crisis following the sacking of Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry, who led them during their first two qualifiers.
To make matters worse, there is a lot of confusion surrounding the new coach with the country’s sports ministry naming a different technical team to that announced by the football association.
Former Sierra Leone international Atto Mensah was appointed as head coach by the sports ministry, with John Sama set to assist him, and has already taken the players through their paces in Yaounde.
However, the Sierra Leone Football Association have alleged that Mensah does not have the necessary qualifications and have roped in another former player in John Ajina Sesay, who is set to be assisted by Abdulai Bah.
The Leone Stars went down 2-1 to Ivory Coast in their opener before losing 2-0 to the Democratic Republic of Congo and are currently last on the log with zero points.
They will have to improve in all departments if they are to get anything against a Cameroon side which overpowered DR Congo 2-0 away from home before thrashing Ivory Coast 4-1 at home.