• Head coach John Keister has named 16 -foreign-based players for Nigeria in Benin and Freetown Crackers.
  • Skipper and FC Zurich defender, Umaru Bangura, not included, but long time absentee, Former AC Milan midfielder Rodney Strasser set for a Leone Stars return.

Sierra Leone head coach Keister will have to do without the service of skipper Umaru Bangura for their first leg tie in the race to Cameroon 2022 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Nigeria.

The Super Eagles will battle Sierra Leone in the qualifiers double-header against Sierra Leone on 13, 17 November but the Leone Stars will have to navigate through the first leg minus their influential FC Zurich defender.

Bangura, who has returned to his Swiss-based club after being cleared of Covid-19 in Niger, may be available for the return match in Freetown.

But Major League fifth all-time top scorer Kamara, 36, who scored a brilliant goal against Liberia during the second leg time of the 2022 World Cup qualifier in Freetown last September, has been recalled for both matches.

LA Galaxy II striker Augustine Williams, who won USL Championship’s Player of the Month for September/October after recorded seven goals in his last eight games is set to make his Sierra Leone debut.

The list also includes all the expected big names like Anderlecht striker Mustapha Bundu, Hebei Fortune China’s attacker Mohamed Buya Turay, Haka FC and former Bolton midfielder Mohamed Medo Kamara, USL championship side Tampa Bay Rowdies right-back Mustapha Dumbuya and Alhaji Kamara of Randers FC in Denmark.

16 Foreign-based listed

Defenders

Alie Sesay FC Zire Azerbaijan, Mustapha Dumbuya Tampa Bay Rowdies, England QPR Osman Kakay, Kevin Wright Orebro SK and Ishmael Koroma Vasalunds IF Sweden.

Midfielders 

John Kamara Azerbaijan Keşla FK, Mohamed Medo Kamara FC Haka Finland, Rodney Strasser TPS Finland, George Davies SKN Polten Austria and Kwame Quee Víkingur Reykjavík Iceland.

Strikers 

Augustine Willaims LA Galaxy II the USA, Belgium Mustapha Bundu R.S.C. Anderlecht, Kei Kamara MLS Minnesota United FC, Mohamed Buya Turay China Hebei Fortune  Alhaji Kamara Denmark Randers FC and Alhassan Koroma RB Linense Spain.

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