African Football

Harambee Stars Afcon opponents to name new coach


Kenya’s Harambee Stars next month’s opponents in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers Sierra Leone are set to unveil former international John Keister as their new coach today.

Keister, 46, worked under Ghanaian manager Sellas Tetteh Teivi, who parted ways with the Leone Stars after narrowly missing a ticket to the 2017 Afcon in Gabon.

The English-born is expected to work with an all local-based staff – comprising largely former internationals.

Former Leone Stars skipper Abu Tostao Kamara and John Sama – both Leone Stars captains at the 1994 and 1996 Nations Cup in Tunisia and South Africa respectively are expected to deputize him.

Keister’s initial task will be to guide Sierra Leone against Kenya in the Afcon qualifiers on 10th June in Freetown.

In his playing days, he turned out as a midfielder for Chester City, Dover Athletic and Margate in English.

Kester was capped twice against Nigeria and Morocco in World Cup qualifiers.

As a manager, he guided FC Johansen, a club associated with the current Sierra Leone FA boss Isha Johansen, to lift the 2016 FA Cup.

Sierra Leone has not had a running league in four years due prohibitive financial situation and will rely solely on foreign-based professionals in the tie against Kenya.

They team has not played any build-ups and have less than four weeks to assemble a formidable side to face the Harambee Stars, who have consistently played friendlies since last year.

About Bonface Osano

African Football Writer contributing @Soka25east | Commentator; appeared on @MySoccerAfrica, @KweseSports, @ntvkenya, others | Keen follower of African Football. E-mail: [email protected]

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