Bundu, Medo, Strasser & four others arrive Leone Stars camp

Bundu, Medo, Strasser & four others arrive Leone Stars camp

Anderlecht attacker Mustapha Bundu, Finland-based experienced midfielder Mohamed Medo Kamara, Orebro SK left-back Kevin Wright, Queens Park Rangers right-back Osman Kakay have all arrived and trained at the Freetown stadium this morning ahead of travelling to Benin, Nigeria.

Long time absentee and former Milan midfielder Rodney Strasser, Randers striker Alhaji Kamara and LA Galaxy top scorer Augustine Williams all set for the quick double after the first assessment by head coach John Keister.

In all, seven foreign-based professionals have joined the local home-based players in Freetown ahead of the trip to Edo State in southern Nigeria for this Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The likes of MLS veteran Kei Kamara, FC Zurich defender Umaru Bangura, John Kamara, who plays for Keshla, Iceland-based right-winger Kwame Quee and Zire FC defender Alie Sesay are all expected in Nigeria on Wednesday.

Football Sierra Leone understands that Spain and RB Linense winger Alhassan Koroma will be in Freetown latest today.

Meanwhile, fans are optimistic with the energy in the team Sierra Leone can spring a surprise in Nigeria.

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Sierra Leone a tough place to win – Joseph Yobo

Sierra Leone a tough place to win – Joseph Yobo

The Nigeria assistant coach Joseph Yobo has warned Eagles players to settle for nothing less than three points when they face off against Sierra Leone on Friday.

Nigeria will host Sierra Leone at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City in the race to Cameroon 2022, but Yobo is familiar with the 2001 1-0 defeat Nigeria suffered in Freetown.

He acknowledged that the Leone Stars has always been a difficult nut to crack in Freetown.

The former Everton defender targets a Nigeria victory at home for them to strengthen their grip for qualification.

“Big game, we expect a big performance. We need a result at home which will help us further in the qualifiers.

“A win at home will mathematically put us in the driving seat, but it is important to play well to take all three points,” Yobo said to Super Eagles TV.

“Away from home as always Sierra Leone, especially, is a difficult place to go and win.”

Yobo recollected with pride that he scored the game-winning goal the last time the Super Eagles faced Sierra Leone in an away match a World Cup qualifier on June 7, 2008.

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FC Zurich defender Bangura set for Nigeria after U-turn

FC Zurich defender Bangura set for Nigeria after U-turn

  • FC Zurich defender, Umaru Bangura has confirmed his availability to face Nigeria at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City in the race to Cameroon 2022.
  • The Super Eagles will battle Sierra Leone in a quick double qualifier on 13, 17 this month but the news of Bangura has raised fitness concern among fans.

The former Dinamo Minsk defender initially was not named in coach John Keister’s 16-foreign-based. However, he declared that he is 100% fit to play.

“No doubt he has been a great player for Sierra Leone, but his last competitive game for FC Zurich was a 3-2 defeat against Chiasso on 13 September almost two months again,” A fan Saidu Turay questioned his present state.

“There are genuine concerns about his fitness because he has not played any match for Zurich in the Swiss Super League this campaign,” John Bangura told FSL news.

Sidique Mansaray confirmed Bangura last season appeared 14 times for his side during the 2019- 2020 Swiss Super League.

“We know he has been a great skipper for our national team but if we must succeed we have to play a fully fit side against the three-time African Champions,” Mansaray passionately stated.

“Head coach John Keister must be sure of the players using against Nigeria especially when it comes to players fitness,” Michael Kargbo advised for the Leone Stars boss.

Meanwhile, defender Ishmael Koroma, who plays for newly promoted Swedish Superettan side Vasalund IF will have to make way for the return of his national skipper.

The full Sierra Leone delegation will be in Nigeria latest on Wednesday with SN Polten midfielder George Davies missing the first leg tie.

The Super Eagles top the group L, accruing 6 points from two wins against Lesotho and the Benin Republic.

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