Sierra Leone coach Mattswon employed full timeBy KEMO CHAM in Freetown | Wednesday, May 30 2012 at 12:53
The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has given Swedish coach, Lars Olof Mattsson, permanent employment as manager of the national team, Leone Stars.
Mattson took over a little more than a year ago, and his choice had been a controversial one setting the FA against the Ministry of Sports which had hired him.
He has been told he has the task of qualifying the Leone Stars for both the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and 2014 World Cup finals.
His immediate task is to prepare the team for its next match against Cape Verde this Saturday.
The last four matches of the Leone Stars` 2012 Africa Cup of Nations campaign were shrouded in fighting between the FA and the ministry.
The SLFA campaigned for local coach Christian Cole to be in charge, but the ministry was in favour of the Swede.
Mattsson had therefore been handling the Leone Stars only on a match-by-match basis. This impacted a great deal on the overall performance of the team.
But the recent FIFA rankings, which put Sierra Leone [61 points] above notable African giants like Nigeria and Cameroun, appears to have boosted the Swede`s stance.
While accepting the job, the 57-year old said he was delighted about it. But he warned: “I'm not in Sierra Leone on vacation but to work and deliver…”
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