The government of Sierra Leone has rejected the appointment of former Ghana U-20 head coach Sellas Tetteh as the new coach of the Leone Stars.

Tetteh was appointed on Tuesday as the new head coach of the Sierra Leone’s senior national football team.

The 62 year old Ghanaian who led Ghana to U-20 FIFA World Cup glory in 2009 was appointed to take over the vacant position left by John Keister.
Tetteh was selected over the likes of Goran Stevanovic, Peter Butler, Tahseen Jabbary and Keister who won the 2019 Sierra Leone Premier League with East End Lions.

A statement from the Sierra Leone Football Association confirmed Tetteh as the chosen candidate on Tuesday.

After a thorough interview process by the Sierra Leone FA (SLFA,) head coach Recruitment Committee and based on scores earned by the various candidates, the executive committee of the Football Association wishes to announce to the general public and the football family the appointment of Mr. Sellas Tetteh Teivi as the head coach of the national senior team Leone Stars.”

Tetteh was expected to take charge of both the Leone Stars’ 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and 2022 World Cup qualifications campaigns.

However, his appointment was not recognised by Sierra Leone’s sports ministry who claim the selection process for the new coach “did not come to a logical conclusion,” and was “incomplete.”

They have today released an official letter to reject his appointment.


Tetteh was expected to take over his new duties within the next two days.

He previously coached the Leone stars from 2015 to 2017.

Mumabo Edward.