Two Sierra Leonean youth football coaches will attend a-two-week intensive coaching education training and English Football Association Level 1 Certificate in football coaching course in England, thanks to the English North London-based Premier League club Arsenal.

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According to the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) communication department, the young coaches – Daniel Abdel Conteh and Dauda Kargbo – were both nominated by the SLFA technical department for the 12 days training.

“This realisation is as a result of the SLFA President, Madam Isha Johansen’s lobbying to the international football community to come to the aid of Sierra Leone and help build the capacity of coaches, administrators and sports journalists in the country,” the SLFA media department stated.

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The duo, who have already secured grassroots certificates, are expected to depart Freetown before 31 July as the said course will run from 1 to 12 August.

Coach Daniel Conteh, who is also an assistant coach for FC Johansen, has described the opportunity as a “dream comes true” as he hopes to take coaching as a career despite currently studying Peace and Conflict Studies at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.

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It could be recalled that in January 2014, two Arsenal youth coaches, Abdulghami Adam, 24, and Mathew Barkham, 18, visited Sierra Leone and conducted training for grassroots youth coaches for three months.

Their arrival in Sierra Leone was said to be part of SLFA president, Madam Johansen’s drive to embark on a youth football development when she earlier collaborated with the London based club.