23rd April 2017
FC Johansen Prepare for Rabat of Morocco in the CAF Champions League
By Maddieu A.A.T. Kabbah (15/01/17)
Head Coach John Keister says his team F.C. Johansen are expected to have a high quality performances in their next friendly matches.
The Johansen boys have made tremendous improvement and they want to test their readiness for the first leg encounter with FUS Rabat of Morocco in the CAF Champions League on the 11 February 2017 at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown. (Pictured: SLFA boss Isha Johansen, owner of the FC Johansen).
Ahead of a friendly match at the Attouga Mini Stadium in Freetown, Keister claimed his players are in good shape to meet expectations.
“We have improved our game a lot after we won the FA Cup and we are still improving. We started our training few weeks ahead of our first leg encounter with the Moroccan team," Keister told this newspaper.
Coach Keister noted that they are not there yet but they are working hard to put everything into place. He added that they will be playing Konitonians United first and he urged all fans to come and witness a good game.
“I know it is early days because this is our second friendly so I will not be too result-oriented. I want us to enjoy the game and make the fans also enjoy," the coach stressed.
F.C. Johansen is owned and sponsored by the Isha Johansen, who is also Sierra Leone Football Association boss. She is the first woman in Africa to hold such an enviable post in football.
Rejoining international football competitions is a giant step for Sierra Leone football and most importantly for the football mad fans who had gone nearly two years without witnessing their local teams live in action.
It could be recalled that sporting activities were suspended in Sierra Leone in the aftermath of the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country in 2014.