Steve Caulker Named In Sierra Leone’s Provisional AFCON 2021 Squad
Sierra Leone national team head coach John Keister has named a provisional team of 40 players that will start preparations for 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.
The squad includes former England international Steve Caulker and Netherland-born winger Issa Kaloum.
Caulker, 29, made the switch to Sierra Leone after he was given official clearance on Friday by football’s world governing body FIFA to represent the West African country.
Kaloum had represented Netherlands at every level from under-15 through to under-20 but is eligible for Sierra Leone through his parents.
Kei Kamara, who is one of the most experienced players in the team, is expected to captain the side in Cameroon and will be deputized by Umaru Bangura.
The majority of the squad that featured in the qualifiers are named in Keister’s team which will be trimmed to 27 after upcoming warm-up games.
Sierra Leone is set to make their first appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations since 1996 and will be in Group E of the competition.
The qualified to the continental football showcase after beating Benin in their final 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.
Sierra Leone was grouped alongside Algeria, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast.