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Sierra Leone name Ahmed Kanu

By Mohamed Fajah Barrie
BBC Sport, Freetown

Sierra Leone coach Ahmed Kanu
Ahmed Kanu is the new coach of Sierra Leone's national team

Ahmed Kanu has been appointed as head coach of the Leone Stars by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).

The former Sierra Leone international takes the job on a permanent basis after being the caretaker coach for the last three competitive matches.

The secretary general of the SLFA, Alimu Bah, said that Kanu has been given the task of leading the Leone Stars to both the World Cup in South Africa and the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in 2010.

The 40-year-old coach admitted that it will be a tough task, as the Leone Stars are in the same group as Nigeria South Africa and Equatorial Guinea in the joint qualifiers.

"I'm delighted that I've been given the job to guide Leone Stars to South Africa and Angola but I must admit that it's a difficult task," Kanu told BBC Sport.

"To qualify from a group that includes South Africa and Nigeria is not easy but it's not impossible.

"I need the fullest support from the authorities with regards to finances and preparations and I'm sure we'll get there."

Kanu's appointment ends the search for an expatriate coach for the Leone Stars.

Meanwhile, former Leone Stars coach Obi Metzger has been appointed to serve as technical adviser to Kanu.

see also
Kanu Leone stars caretaker coach
05 Nov 07 |  African
Peters denies Sierra Leone job
18 Oct 07 |  African
Leone Stars coach sacked
14 Oct 07 |  African

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