Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Nigerian coach for Sierra Leone

Nigerian James Peters has been appointed interim coach of Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) secretary general Alimu Bah told BBC Sport on Monday that Peters will take charge of the Leone Stars for their 2010 World Cup preliminary round tie against Guinea Bissau.

Ahmed Kanu will assist Peters Former Sierra Leone captain Ahmed Kanu

Sierra Leone host Guinea Bissau in the first leg in Freetown on Wednesday with the return match scheduled for 17 November.

Peters will be assisted by ex-Leone Stars captain Ahmed Kanu.

The Nigerian replaces John Jebbor Sherington who was sacked on Sunday after the team's dismal performances during their 2008 Nations Cup campaign.

Sierra Leone have not won a competitive fixture for four years.

According to Bah, Peters has been seconded to the Leone Stars by the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) who will also pay his salary.

"Coach Peters was given to us by the NFA at our request as a result of the bilateral relationship between us," Bah said.

"He's an experienced coach as he was part of the technical team of the Nigerian team that won gold at the 1996 Olympic Games."

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