Sierra Leone coach John Keister has made three changes to his starting team for their match day two African Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea-Bissau this afternoon in Guinea.
The double strike force, Bolton Wanderers’ striker Amadou Bakayoko and national top scorer Musa Noah Kamara will lead the Leone Stars front against Guinea-Bissau Djurtus at the General Lansana Conté stadium on Monday.
The matchday two contest will kick off at 4 pm local time as Sierra Leone search for their first win in the African Cup of Nations Group A qualifiers.
Jonathan Morsay, who scored his first goal against Nigeria at the MKO Abiola on Thursday, was named on the bench as Kwame Quee is back in.
Defensive midfielder John Kamara has been left out of the sqaud as coach John Keister decided to accommodate two strikers in his first team.
In defence, IK Sirius left-back Kevin Wright is in for Emanuel Samadia, but Steven Caulker, Alie Sesay and Osman Kakay kept their places.
The Leone Stars must secure a good result against the Djurtus, who has become a regular in the final stages of the AFCON since 2017 after taking part in the last three editions.
Without a doubt, Nigeria deemed a Group A favourite, whilst the second-place battle is between Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau.
Both coaches are optimistic about winning the contest. Sierra Leone coach John Keister noted they’re expecting a tight game.
“I think it is a tough match, but we are looking to bounce back after the defeat to Nigeria. There are no longer minors in African football, there are no more easy games, but we’re looking forward to starting our winning ways in this match.”
The Djurtus coach Candé admitted his respect for the Sierra Leone team but looking to guide his side to their second win in the group.
“I respected the Sierra Leone team because they are a strong side,” Coach Candé said in the pre-match press conference.
Candé, 55, added that the tie is a difficult match. However, they are ready.
The two sides last played to a goalless draw during the FIFA World Cup 1st round 2nd leg in qualifier Bissau 17th November 2007 as Sierra Leone won the first leg in Freetown 1-0.
Elsewhere, Sao Tome will host Nigeria at the Stade d’ Agadir in Morocco 2 pm kick-off. The Super Eagles of Nigeria started their campaign with a 2-1 victory.
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