The Head Coach of the Senior National Team (Leone Stars), John Edward Keister has updated the media in a press conference today, 20th September 2022 on technical preparations ahead of the country’s upcoming FIFA international friendlies against Bafana Bafana of South Africa and The Leopards of DR Congo on the 24th and 27th September respectively.

The press conference took place at the Sierra Leone Football Association Headquarters, Kingtom. Keister described the two friendly matches as very important for Leone Stars’ growth and ideal preparations. He added that they are looking for different players and getting the right personnel for going into matches like the AFCON qualifiers and the friendly matches will help with the identification process.

The coach further emphasized that it is not about winning all time. He believes it is about also identification, and building a group which means that by the time the team go into the qualifiers, they would have got a better group of players.

He pointed out that “In the national team we got a lot of players coming in now, and these are times we have to bring these players together in terms of getting them together, working them together in the future.”

Keister thanked the Sierra Leone Football Association, Ministry of Sport and the Sierra Leone government for organising the two friendly matches.