AFCONQ: Sierra Leone and Nigeria share spoils in Freetown

AFCONQ: Sierra Leone and Nigeria share spoils in Freetown

  • Sierra Leone after their impressive come back in Nigeria last Friday were cautious in their matchday four of the Africa Cup of Nations Group L qualifying match at the Freetown Stadium on Tuesday.

Both nations in the race to Cameroon 2022 played to a barren draw in a less entertaining encounter.

The result means Sierra Leone must win their remaining matches hoping Benin will drop points against Nigeria if they are to reach the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time since 1996 in South Africa.

Both sides were pragmatic in their approach with some scrappy football with far less clear chances.

Home-based defender Abu Bakarra Samura, who steps in for skipper Umaru Bangura was impressive.

Sierra Leone coach John Kister made three substitutions to bolster with some fresh legs; Anderlecht Mustapha Bundu in for Rodney Strasser in 56. Alhaji Kamara, who scored a brace in the first leg was subbed off in the 76-minute before Mustapha Dumbuya replaced with Osman Kakay, in an attempt to nick the game.

Elsewhere in the group, Benin battle a goalless draw at the Setsoto Stadium earlier today.

Nigeria standing top of Group L with eight points, one more than second-placed Benin. Sierra Leone on three points, and Lesotho two.

Meanwhile, Senegal becomes the first nation to qualify for the tournament slated for Cameroon.

The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations is the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men’s football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Sierra Leone: Mohamed Kamara, Mohamed Buya Turay, Mustapha Dumbuya (Osman Kaykay 81’), Yeami Dunia, Alhaji Kamara (Alhassan Koroma 76’), Kei Kamara, Medo, Kwame Quee, Rodney Strasser (Mustapha Bundu 56’), Abu Suma, Kevin Wright

Nigeria: Maduka Okoye, Ola Aina, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Kevin Akpoguma (Chidozie Awaziem 74’), Joe Aribo (Semi Ajayi 84’), Oghenekaro Etebo (Shehu Abdullahi 39’), Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Samuel Chukwueze, Kelechi Iheanacho (Emmanuel Dennis 84’)

Full Afcon Results Listed

Tuesday’s Afcon 2021 qualifiers:

  • Ethiopia 3-0 Niger (Grp K)
  • Madagascar 1-1 Ivory Coast (Grp K)
  • Lesotho 0-0 Benin (Grp L)
  • Rwanda 0-0 Cape Verde (Grp F)
  • Sudan 1-0 Ghana (Grp C)
  • Central Africa 0-2 Morocco (Grp E)
  • Angola 0-1 DR Congo (Grp D)
  • Sierra Leone 0-0 Nigeria (Grp L)
  • Togo 1-3 Egypt (Grp G)
  • Namibia 1-2 Mali (Grp A)
  • Tanzania 1-1 Tunisia (Grp J)

Monday’s results:

  • Eswatini 0-0 Congo (Grp I)
  • Malawi 0-0 Burkina Faso (Grp B)
  • South Sudan 1-0 Uganda (Grp B)
  • Sao Tome and Principe 2-4 South Africa (Grp C)
  • Zimbabwe 2-2 Algeria (Grp H)
  • Botswana 1-0 Zambia (Grp H)
  • The Gambia 2-1 Gabon (Grp D)
  • Mozambique 2-0 Cameroon (Grp F)

Sunday’s results:

  • Equatorial Guinea 1-0 Libya (Grp J)
  • Chad 1-1 Guinea (Grp A)
  • Comoros 2-1 Kenya (Grp G)
  • Guinea Bissau 0-1 Senegal (Grp I)
  • Burundi 3-1 Mauritania (Grp E)
FC Kallon’s Samura in for skipper Bangura, Kei, Alhaji in attack

FC Kallon’s Samura in for skipper Bangura, Kei, Alhaji in attack

  • Three changes from the first leg as FC Kallon defender Abu-Bakar Samura to start against Nigeria as a replacement for skipper Umaru Bangura.
  • FC Zire defender Alie Sesay will start on the bench.
  • Live Broadcast at SLBC TV channel 31, AYV TV Facebook online. Kickoff 16 hrs local time.

Samura, who is a promising prospect, will have to go against some of the big-name stars in the Nigerian squad this afternoon at the Siaka Steven Stadium.

Heavy-weight Randers striker Alhaji Kamara following his brace in the first tie on Friday will start alongside Kei Kamara.

In midfield, Keshla midfielder John Kamara makes way for former AC Miland midfielder, Rodney Strasser, who will battle in the middle of the pack alongside former Bolton enforcer Mohamed Medo Kamara.

Coach John Keister will be hoping for a positive reaction like the second 45-minute in Nigeria.

Nigeria coach Rohr, on the other hand, will be aiming his side put up a strong show after their lacklustre display to surrendered four-goal advantage on Friday.