Amidu Karim, the head coach of Sierra Leone’s national team, Leone Stars, attributed their recent goalless draw against Ethiopia in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers to challenging weather conditions. Karim highlighted that adverse weather, particularly cloudy skies, posed significant challenges during the match.

He praised the team’s ability to execute his instructions effectively, maintaining composure despite the weather hurdles, and securing a valuable point away from home.

Expressing satisfaction with the team’s performance, Karim voiced confidence in their readiness for the upcoming match against Egypt on November 19 in Monrovia. However, acknowledging the different nature of the Egypt encounter, the 49-year-old coach emphasized the need for a distinct approach, affirming his belief in the team’s preparedness to deliver their best.

Karim, a former Sierra Leone International attacking midfielder, transitioned into coaching following a successful club career at home and in Egypt. Holding a CAF-A license and boasting significant coaching experience, including an eleven-year stint with Sierra Leone’s top-flight side FC Kallon and seven years coaching the National U23 male team, Karim’s expertise in the game is extensive.

Assisted by Zarpa Koroma and Alhaji Foray, Karim began his tenure as the head coach of Leone Stars with a 1-1 draw against Benin in an October friendly. As Sierra Leone gears up for the 2026 World Cup, Coach Karim stressed the importance of approaching each match with renewed vigor and a tailored team strategy. He firmly believes that this approach will be pivotal in their pursuit of securing Sierra Leone’s maiden qualification to the World Cup finals.