Government reaffirms support for Leone Stars ahead of AFCON 2019

AFCON 2019 qualifiers Group F: Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya

Sierra Leone government has assured Leone Stars of its ‘full support’ in their quest to reach African Nations Cup 2019 in Cameroon.

Leone Stars were drawn alongside Ghana Black Stars, Kenya, and Ethiopia for the qualifiers, with the draw held in Libreville, Gabon last Thursday evening.

The qualifiers will start in June this year and end in November 2018.

This was revealed by Deputy Minister of Sports Al-Sankoh Conteh following the draws for 32nd edition of the biennial international men’s football championship organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

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The Draw In Full

Despite not qualifying for this month’s tournament in Gabon, the Deputy Minister was delighted with the team spirit after the 1-1 draw against the holders Ivory Coast in Bouake September 2016.

Sierra Leone last participated in the continental big stage 21 years ago in South Africa 1996, where Mohamed Kallon age 16, became the tournament’s youngest player and scored the winning goal for Sierra Leone in a 2-1 win over Burkina Faso.

“The government is willing to give all the necessary support to ensure we have early planned and mobilized the most qualified and best of our players without any bias,” Al-Sankoh said.

“As a government, we are very much confident that Sierra Leone will qualify for AFCON 2019 in Cameroon, we may take the first position in our group or qualify as best losers.”

“I reiterated, we’re optimistic that we have what it takes, Leone Stars winning all our home matches and will take points from our away matches in Kenya, Ethiopia or Ghana,” The Deputy Minister passionately said while answering questions from footballsierraleone.net

The 12 group winners will join the host country, Cameroon, along with the best three second-placed teams in the tournament finals.

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