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Kallon will miss Sierra Leone's 2012 qualifier in Egypt

By Mohamed Fajah Barrie
BBC Sport, Freetown

Mohamed Kallon
Mohamed Kallon will be absent when Sierra Leone play Egypt next weekend

Sierra Leone's star striker Mohamed Kallon is to miss his country's opening qualifying game for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 30-year has ruled himself out of the squad for the Leone Stars' Group G match with Egypt because of injury.

He had been among 15 foreign-based players named by coach Christian Cole for the encounter.

"I've decided not play against Egypt because I'm not fully fit to give out my best," Kallon told BBC Sport.

"I've just recovered from a knee injury that kept me out of action for almost two months, I returned to action two weeks ago, so I need more time to regain fitness.

"I always love to play for my country and I'm not happy that I'll miss this important encounter - I'll pray for the other players to deliver their best and get a good result in Cairo."

Kallon made it clear that he is keen to take part in the qualifying campaign for Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, despite this setback.

"If I'm fully fit, then I will make myself available for subsequent matches in the 2012 qualifiers - if I'm called upon," he said.

The former Leone Stars captain last played for the national team against Nigeria in Abuja in October 2008, during qualifying for the recent World Cup.

He joined Chinese top division club Shaanxi Chanba FC in February and has scored five goals in 14 league matches so far.

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see also
Strasser ready for Sierra Leone
28 Aug 10 |  African
Cole gets 2012 qualification task
17 Aug 10 |  African
Kallon joins China's Shaanxi
02 Mar 10 |  African
Kallon returns home
18 Oct 09 |  African
2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
10 Apr 10 |  African

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