The Minister of sports Ibrahim Nylenkeh has said that government would not accept Sellas Tetteh as the head coach of the national team Leone Stars on the pretext that Silas Tetteh was handpicked by Sierra Leone Football Association to hold the said position.
The appointment of Sellas Tetteh as head coach for the Sierra Leone National A team Leone Stars came on Tuesday August 13, 2019 after an interview session conducted jointly by the Sierra Leone Football Association and the Ministry of Sports which according to the SLFA press release Sellas Tetteh scored the highest point in the interview session and was ranked as the fittest candidate for the job amongst both local and foreign coaches that applied for the said position.
But this according to the Minister of Sports the process leading to the selection of the head coach wasn’t complete as he claimed that the Ministry’s representatives were excluded from the process at the compiling stage of the result obtained from the interviews, so in this regard they regard the process as one that lacks transparency and accountability hence government would not accept Sellas Tetteh as the Coach of the team as he is being regarded as an handpicked coach of the Football Association. Based on this, Ibrahim Nylenkeh confirmed that government is now in a tight negotiation to appoint a caretaker coach to be in charge of the team for The Sierra Leone Liberia world cup preliminary qualifying match which is set to be played on the 4th of September 2019.
It could be recalled that the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) had grouped Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Benin and Lesotho in the same group for the 2021 Nations Cup Qualifying campaign for the said qualifying commence on November 2019 with Lesotho in Freetown. But with the trend that has developed regarding the coaching issue has worried football loving fans.
Alphanzo Manly is the national coordinator Civil Rights Coalition Civil Society of sport told this medium that according to the Sports Council’s Act the appointment of head coach is a collaborative work between the F.A and the ministry of sports. In real sense, the F.A appoints a head coach and the government approves and pays the all expenses for the said coach. Mr. Manly maintained that he has conducted several interviews and findings and as a civil society has realized that the process was not genuine and therefore, called for a cancellation of the entire process that led to the appointment of Sellas Tetteh.
Sellas Tetteh is a Ghanaian born who was in charge of the team as a care taker head coach in 2015. He played 6 games in total he won three of the matches, lost 2 and draw 1.