6 September 2012

Sierra Leone/Tunisia: Kei Kamara, Obreh in for Tunisia Clash

Sporting Kansas City Wizard striker, Kei Kamara and FK Baku midfielder, Ibrahim 'Obreh' Kargbo have got a late inclusion to the squad ahead of Saturday's African Cup of Nations clash against Tunisia in Freetown.

The duo were earlier suspended by both the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and the Sports Minister for what was described as indiscipline and also frequent contempt on the minister coupled with other inciting and derogatory statements by both players towards football officials and other inciting utterances and threatening remarks on air against football authorities.

According to reports, the Sports Minister Paul Kamara's decision to lift the players' suspension came after an appeal on behalf of the duo by teammates immediately after Tuesday's evening training at the National Stadium. The pair who are delighted to be back in the squad are now expected to join the rest of their teammates on Thursday ahead of Saturday's encounter.

According to Kargbo, he was delighted to join his colleagues as they continue their fight for a place in the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa. He said: "It is a good decision and I am happy with the steps taken by my colleagues. This shows we are united and ready to achieve our goal of qualifying to the Nations Cup."

The inclusion of the pair will be a major boost to the team especially for the inform striker, Kei Kamara, who is currently enjoying a good goal scoring form for his club, Sporting Kansas City in the United States of America Major League Soccer.

The players' inclusion means the wish of coach Olof Mattsson has been met as in his last correspondence to the Football Association he stated that, "It is still my hope and wish that you agree a settlement with Obreh Kargbo and Kei Kamara and that we can include them in the squad. It will be very important that everybody works together and with common goals - to get results and qualify."

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