The Sierra Leone Football Association has announced the appointment of Amidu Karim as the new head coach of the national football team following extensive discussions between the two parties.
After weeks of endless reports of the Former Leone Stars Player being the frontrunner for the Leone Stars Head coach job, Amidu Karim has been announced as Sierra Leone’s new coach.
It also stated that the gaffer is starting his job with immediate effect.
Amidu Karim, the former Leone Stars player has been serving as assistant coach of the Sierra Leone National Male football team for the past years and his appointment is in line with the SLFA’s vision of building a competitive squad. The SLFA Executive Committee also appointed Francis Koroma and Alhaji Foray as assistant coaches.
The 49-year-old is a former Sierra Leone international, who represented the country at the 1994 and 1996 Africa Cup of Nations.
This project was started with John Keister as the head coach leading up to the qualification for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which was held in Cameroon.
Coach Amidu Karim earlier resigned as the head coach of Premier League side FC Kallon in 2021 due to his decision to focus on national assignments. He notably won the COFA Inter Area Competition with Fullah Town.
The details of the gaffer’s contract, including its duration terms of conditions is not made known to the Public. However, SLFA has confirmed that he will provisionally head the technical team in charge of Leone Stars.
The new Provisional technical team are tasked to guide the Leone Stars through the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifications, which is starting in November.
On Saturday 29th October 2022, the former FC Kallon coach was also in charge of Leone Stars U-23 squad who were eliminated from TotalEnergies U23 AFCON qualifiers by the Young Chipolpolo of Zambia
Sierra Leone are in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers along with Egypt, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.