The Ministry of Sports has rejected the appointment of Ghanian native, Sellas Tetteh Teivi as Head Coach of Leone Stars, the national football team of Sierra Leone, as they prepare for their international football campaign for both the World Cup and Africa Cup of nations qualifying season
The Ministry issued a press release to the effect after the announcement was made by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) on Tuesday 13th August 2019, claiming that the SLFA had not followed due process and therefore they would not recognise the appointed coach
Ibrahim B. Kamara, Public Relations Officer of the SLFA, confirmed to NewsWatch Sports that the decision was taken by both parties, the Sierra Leone Football Association representatives and the Sports Ministry respectively, adding that Sellas Tetteh Teivi was the most qualified candidate for the position amongst the aspirants.
He said they will not review their decision because they have the sole mandate and responsibility to appoint the coach of the National Team.
In his response, the Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Sports, Eric Batilo Fomba disclosed to this medium that the process was premeditated and incomplete, adding that they would not accept the outcome of the results presented to them at the Ministry.
He further said that they have the responsibility to pay the coach as a government and they are asking the SLFA executive to redo the process, though time is not in their favor for the upcoming away match against Lone Stars of Liberia in September 2019.
According to the Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Mr. Christopher Abdul Kamara, Coach Sellas Tetteh Teivi is one of five foreign coaches shortlisted for interview and also showed up in person, adding that the Ghanaian born is the most suitable person for the job, based on his experience in football administration over the years.