Mohamed Kallon, the former Captain of the Sierra Leone national football team, has expressed his disappointment at the Sierra Leone Football Association’s (SLFA) decision not to appoint him as Head Coach of Leone Stars. However, he has accepted the decision with grace and wished the newly selected technical team well.
Mr. Kallon had been contacted to be the new Coach and this information had been leaked by mainly well wishers, who flooded social media with congratulatory messages over two weeks. However, a release had been issued out by the Sierra Leone Football Association, naming a new Coach and technical team, passing over the appointment of Mohamed Kallon.
In a statement released on his social media pages addressing the incident, Kallon said that he was “initially considered a strong contender for the position” but that their “terms and conditions were not compatible”. He added that “it is important to remember that winning and losing are part of life” and that he is “hopeful that next time will be a win for both me and my beloved homeland.”
Despite his disappointment, Kallon said that he wants to believe “that every decision made is in the best interests of our country”. He is also convinced that “God has willed it and this will be a prerequisite for much greater things for both me and my beloved country.”
Kallon finally sent his best wishes to the newly selected technical team of Amidu Karim, Francis Zappa Koroma, and Alhaji Foray (Abedi) on their appointments “for the duration of their tenure.”
Kallon’s statement has been met with praise from many Sierra Leoneans, who admire his maturity and professionalism in accepting the SLFA’s decision. They have also wished him well in his future endeavors.