The Charleston Battery's Augustine Williams has been recalled to the Sierra Leone Men's National Team for its exhibitions against South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. | Photo courtesy Ben Clemens / Charleston Battery
The Charleston Battery’s Augustine Williams and Indy Eleven’s Rodney Michael have both been named in the Sierra Leone Men’s National Team squad that will face South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo in a pair of exhibitions later this month.
Williams returns to the squad having previously made three appearances for the county, including during qualification for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, for which he was named to the squad earlier this year. The 25-year-old this season surpassed 50 regular season goals in the USL Championship for his career, and currently sits sixth in the race for the Golden Boot with 14 goals for the Battery in his first season at the club.
Williams’ 14 goals this season mark an individual single-season high, surpassing his 13 goals for the LA Galaxy II during the abbreviated 2020 campaign in which he was selected to the Championship’s All-League First Team. He has also recorded 14 assists in 158 regular-season appearances in the league since turning professional as a 19-year-old in 2016.
Michael is set for his first call-up to the Leone Stars after making nine appearances for Indy Eleven this season, his first in the Championship. The 23-year-old native of Freetown, Sierra Leone previously competed for South Georgia Tormenta FC in USL League One, where he recorded one goal and two assists in 16 appearances in his first professional season a year ago after competing collegiately at UC Santa Barbara.