Jakatosports joins the sporting family in Sierra Leone in expressing it's shock and sadness of the Leone Stars reserve goalkeeper Alhaji Douda Conteh. Alhaji, came from a growing list of goalkeepers who were graduates from Fourth Bay College. He played for East End Lions FC , FC Kallon, and Diamond Stars.
Victor Mansaray- was a surprise move on loan from 2016 MLS Champion Seattle Sounders. Mansaray was signed as a Homegrown player in 2015 at age 17 and in 2016 was named the #1 Under 20 player in USL. He recently has indicated that he may be open to a Leone Stars call up. With Mohamed Kallon emerging as the favorite to take over the reigns of Leone Stars, his influence in the US to to woo over many of the dual citizens to Leone Stars could be key to the success of Leone Stars. There is currently no functioning SLFA league in the country and Isha Johansen's illegitimate administration has brought high level domestic football to a standstill.
A caveat to Mansaray could be his status in the U-20 USMNT player pool. He was not named to the 20 man squad for U-20 World Cup qualifying in February but the option of a call-up to the World Cup in late May is still a possibility since the U-20’s did qualify. The tournament runs from May 30- June 20 so we could see Mansaray miss time with the club if he is called into Tab Ramos pre-tournament camp. It will be interesting to see how Victor takes the recent snub and uses it as motivation to force his way into a spot on the World Cup roster or maybe a Leone Stars call-up may be a bright way for his career to advance.
It would be recalled that another prodigy, Israel Sesay who famously was labeled by his Los Angeles Galaxy teammate, David Beckham as "the most refreshing talent" he has seen in a long time, saw his career stagnate and may have done well to accept a Leone Star call up as his career waned without an international profile for either Leone Stars or the USA failed to materialize. Kei Kamara, though at a similar period endured Leone Stars call-ups which eventually lead to move to England and back to the MLS without a tremendous profile. Victor would be wise to follow Kei.
Former, Leone Stars Captain, East End Lions and Al Ismaili defender Abu Bakarr "Tostao" Kamara, has been touted as the next Leone Stars coach. This was however not confirmed by him, though he told JakatoSports that he would relish the opportunity.
The Sierra Leone National Football team, Leone Stars, has dropped four places in the latest FIFA rankings released Thursday, October 20.