Sierra Leone Football Association appoints Amidu Karim as Leone Stars head coach
A football enthusiast, Mohamed Jalloh has asserted that the newly appointed coach of Leone Stars, Amidu Karim shouldn’t be held responsible for John Keister’s failure to produce good results with the team when he was in charge.
Jalloh said this in an interview with Mags Tribune Sports, shortly after fans went bizarre on social media following the announcement of Karim’s appointment by the FA.
The Sierra Leone Football Association announced on Tuesday that Amidu Karim who was assistant coach 1 to John Keister has been appointed to serve as the head coach, while Francis Zapa Koroma will be serving as assistant coach 1, and the head coach of Bo Rangers FC, Alhaji Foray as assistant coach 2, with Ibrahim Swarray now taking the role as the new team Manager of Leone Stars.
According to the press statement, their job starts effect immediately as preparation begins for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.
Though their appointments don’t come as a surprise, many football fans frowned at the decision, citing that the trio lacks the technical ability to take over the team at the moment.
But for Jalloh and others, they believed every man needed to be given a chance to prove their worth.
“Every man deserves a chance and Amidu is one who also should be given a chance and we don’t know what he can bring to the team as the head coach”
“As a player, he has played two Nations Cups, 1994 and 1996, and also won the Zone-two tournament with Leone Stars. He has worked with FC Kallon, and Old Edwardians and he has been assisting Keister. Perhaps, with all the experience he has gained over the years, he might be the man to turn things around. Let not be too quick to judge him”.
Jalloh insisted that Karim could not be held accountable for Keister’s actions because he was only listening to instructions. But now as the head coach who already has a wide range of knowledge about the problems, he might bring in new changes.
The 48-year-old Amidu Karim is a retired Sierra Leonean football striker who was in the Leone Stars squad for the 1994 and 1996 African Cup of Nations.
As a player, Karim had a spell with Mighty Blackpool (1993-1994), Gomhoriat Shebin (1994-1997), and Ghazl Suez (1997-2002).