Sellas Tetteh unveiled as Sierra Leone coach

Sellas Tetteh has officially been unveiled as the new head coach of Sierra Leone national team on Tuesday.

The Ghanaian was unveiled along with his backroom staff at a short ceremony which took place at the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) secretariat.

“I am happy to be back with the National team, I believe, I am with the right technical team as we are all colleagues in the football industry,” the 62-year-old said. 

He added; “We all have a new target, working to achieve together. Our work start today. Our vision is to get the team to qualify for major competitions”

Tetteh was appointed by SLFA last week, after beating other shortlisted competitors including former Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic, Peter Butler, Tahseen Jabbary and Josh Keister.

The country’s Sports Ministry raised concerns about the selection process and subsequently rejected Tetteh’s appointment. 

But the Ministry, following talks with SLFA, has approved the appointment. They were represented by Director of Sports Dr. Kenneth Brima at the unveiling ceremony. 

Tetteh, who won the 2009 U20 World Cup with Ghana, is returning for a second spell with the Leone Stars, after a temporary appointment in 2014, and is expected to resume on Thursday.

His first match at the helm will be in a 2022 World Cup preliminary first-round tie against Liberia in September. The first leg will take place in Monrovia before both sides face off in the reverse fixture. The games are expected to be held on September 2 and 10.

The encounters will indicate Sierra Leone’s return to international football after their ban for government interference was lifted by Fifa in June.

Technical staff

Head Coach – Sellas Tetteh 1 – Musa Kallon

Asst. coach 2. Amidu Karim

Goalkeeper coach –  Tamba Moses

Welfare Officer – Augustus Lawson

Team Coordinator –  James Fofanah