Twenty-three-year-old defensive midfielder Abdul Jarju Kabbia has revealed to NSA Media that he is happy to return to Leone Stars after a match suspension.

Kabbia, playing his professional football for Hapoel Kfar Saba FC in Israel as a defensive midfielder, made his debut for Sierra Leone in Leone Stars’ goalless draw against Ethiopia in the FIFA 2026 World Cup Qualifier Match- Day One in Morocco.

In Liberia, Jarju was shown the red card in Sierra Leone’s 2-0 loss against the Pharaohs of Egypt.

He is part of Coach Amidu Karim’s 23-man squad selected for the double-header and has been training with the team since.

The young, experienced defender is expected to pair up with debutant goal scorer Curtis Davies to seal the Leone Stars defence against Burkina Faso on Monday at the March 26 Stadium in Bamako, Mali.

Sierra Leone, recently picked up their first win in the qualifiers in midweek when as edged out Djibouti 2-1 when the two nations squared off at the Stade El Abdi.

After taking the lead inside the opening 12 minutes courtesy of Curtis Davies, Gabriel Dadzie converted his 35th-minute penalty to draw Djibouti level but Augustus Kargbo netted six minutes into the second half to hand the hosts a much-needed victory.

Burkina Faso were denied consecutive wins in the World Cup qualifiers as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against seven-time African champions Egypt at the Cairo International Stadium on Thursday.