Sierra Leone national team captain, Steven Caulker, has silenced critics questioning his fitness and age by assuring he’s ready to deliver on the pitch if selected.

In a recent interview with the delegation’s media team in Morocco, Caulker addressed concerns about his limited playing time this season due to a player-manager role he undertook in Spain.

“I have a long career with 15 years of facing criticism,” Caulker said. “People can question my selection, but I’m not worried.”

Despite the doubts, Caulker emphasized his experience and leadership qualities. “The boys have the responsibility to play and win, and I’ll guide them,” he declared.

His ultimate dream? Seeing Sierra Leone compete in the World Cup and win the African Cup of Nations. “We have incredibly talented young players who deserve a shot at the best leagues,” he remarked.

With the crucial home match against Djibouti fast approaching on June 5th, the Leone Stars, ranked 126th globally, are clear favorites against their 192nd-ranked opponents. The encounter will take place at the 15,000-seat Ben M’Hamed El Abdi Stadium in El Jadida, Morocco.

A victory against Djibouti would be a significant boost for Sierra Leone’s World Cup qualifying campaign.