AFCON: Eagles wings nearly clipped in Benin by resilient Leone Stars

AFCON: Eagles wings nearly clipped in Benin by resilient Leone Stars

  • Sierra Leone in search of their third African Cup Of Nations final come from 4-0 down to 4-4 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City on Friday.
  • Thanks to a brace from Randers FC striker Alhaji Kamara, who scored in the 72nd and 86th minutes while the Anderlecht man Mustapha Bundu impressed with his 80th-minute goal.
  • As a result, Sierra Leone up to third in Group L while Nigeria remain top spot on seven points, four clear of Benin who hosts Lesotho on Saturday.

Host super Eagles race into quick four goals lead from Alex Iwobi’s brace, Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwuese in the opening half-hour, but their resilient visitors fought back.

Sierra Leone was able to pull a goal back before the interval as Kwame Quee slipped the ball underneath the onrushing Maduka Okoye.

John Keister’s men took confidence from Quee’s strike and scored a second in the 72nd minute as Alhaji Kamara nodded home from close range.

Sierra Leone showed maturity and composure after their first goal and took control of proceedings.

Heavy-weight Alhaji Kamara completed the comeback in the 86th minute with his second of the game as the Leone Stars claimed a remarkable result that will long live in the memory of those involved.

A star-studded Nigeria side, ranked 32nd in the World, could settle for a point against Sierra Leone ranked 88th places below in the global Rankings.

Buya, Kei Kamara in attack, official debut for Kevin Wright

Buya, Kei Kamara in attack, official debut for Kevin Wright

Hebei Fortune China striker Mohamed Buya Turay, and MLS fifth all-time top scorer, Kei Kamara, to lead the Leone Stars attack against Nigeria.

Keister’s men face with a tough away job at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City. Kickoff 17 hrs local time.

Former Chelsea academy graduate, Orebro SK left-back, Kevin Wright to make his official Sierra Leone debut.

In midfield, Keshla midfielder John Kamara, former Bolton enforcer Mohamed Medo Kamara and Kwame Quee to battle the Super Egles in the pack.

Local keeper East End Lions Mohamed Kamara, who was in goal in matchday two 1-0 defeat in Benin keep his position.

Coach John Keister will be hoping for a positive result in Nigeria before the return fixture in Freetown on the 17 at the Siaka Steven Stadium.

Nigeria coach Rohr earlier this week has stated that they are aiming to secure qualification for the 2022 Afcon finals in Cameroon in the double-header fixtures this month.

The Leone Stars’ only point came after a 1-1 draw against Lesotho before they suffered a 1-0 loss against Benin.

A reminder of Group L qualification standings 

Sierra Leone bottom of 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying standings

 

 

Covid-19 tests for Leone Stars Players ahead of Nigeria tie

Covid-19 tests for Leone Stars Players ahead of Nigeria tie

  • Sierra Leone players subjected to mandatory covid-19 tests this morning before taking on Nigeria later this evening at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City this Friday, Football Sierra Leone understands.

Reports coming from Nigeria have indicated that Keister’s men will be tested for Covid-19 on Friday morning before the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The three-time African champions face the Leone Stars, who are in dire need of a win to revive their Cameroon 2022 ambitions.

The Super Eagles will battle Sierra Leone in the qualifiers double-header against Sierra Leone on 13, 17 November.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed all medical tests carried out on Super Eagles players and coaches returned negative results.

The contest will mark the fifteenth meeting between the two West African Nations in competitive and friendly internationals. Sierra Leone has won two, lost nine, and drew three of their games with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

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