FC Kallon ready for SPAL after opening draw in Italy

FC Kallon ready for SPAL after opening draw in Italy

After a 2-2 draw in the opening match against PISA sporting club, FC Kallon set to entertain SPAL Primavera in their second match of the Viareggio Cup on Wednesday at the Ferrara Stadium in Cecina, Itlay.

Unisa Dumbuya and Mohamed Koroma were on the score sheet as FC Kallon rallied PISA to a 2-2 draw in their Viareggio tournament opener on Monday, March 20, at “Rossetti” stadium in Cecina.

Pisa Sporting Club were making their debut in the 2023 edition of the Viareggio Cup.

Coach Masi’s Nerazzurri’s side went up 2-0 at the end of the first half, but they were pegged back by resilient Kallon in the second half.

It was an intense contest from both sides, but PISA paid for lacking concentration in the second half.

The first half finished 2-0 with goals from Redzic (flying in from Lormanis’ cross from the right) and Panicucci from the penalty he had won.

In the second half, Sierra Leone’s side achieved a better success rate in the final third as they secured a draw.

SPAL Primavera, on the other hand, played to a 1-1 draw in their opening match against Honved Budapest.

Monday 20 March РKallon 2-2 Pisa 

Wednesday 22 March SPAL- Kallon 

“Ferrara” stadium in Cecina, 3.00 pm

Friday 24 March¬†HONV√ČD-KALLON

Carrara (MS) / “Fossa dei Leoni” sports field (3 pm) (Synthetic)

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Sierra Leone International Sullay Kaikai scored the only goal as MK Dons moved out of the League One relegation places with a victory over Accrington, who dropped into the bottom four.

Kaikai, who has seven caps for the Leone Stars, will link up with his national team following this weekend’s Sky Bet League One win over Accrington Stanley.

The Dons started strongly and had a Jack Tucker header cleared off the line before they opened the scoring after eight minutes.

A one-two between Conor Grant and Kaikai ended with the latter beating two players and squeezing the ball home from a tight angle for his second goal of the campaign.

The visitors continued to force the pace, Paris Maghoma firing straight at Toby Savin, and Mohamed Eisa’s effort deflected off target before the break.

Stanley’s first shot on target came after 57 minutes as keeper Jamie Cumming dived to keep out Tommy Leigh’s strike.

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MK Dons substitute Max Dean could have doubled their advantage with 17 minutes left when he burst through but was denied by Savin’s legs.

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This year’s Sierra Leone CAF Confederation Cup representative, FC Kallon, will arrive at Milan Malpensa airport on Saturday ahead of their opening Group 4A opener against Italian side PISA Sporting club on Monday, March 22, at the Rossetti‚ÄĚ Stadium (3.00 pm) local time.

All arrangements were finalised as they departed for Italy this morning for the 73rd edition of the Viareggio tournament set to run from March 20-April 3 with a 31-man delegation of 20 players and 11 officials.

The 32 participating teams were drawn into eight groups of four teams, and according to the regulations, the top two finishers in each group will qualify for the knockout stage en route to the final. 

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The former Germinal Beerschot attacker has been working to achieve this requirement since 2021 with the Royal Belgian Football Federation.

Kpaka, who came third during the Ebony Boot award after he recorded 28 goals in all competitions during the 2001/02 season for K. Beerschot V A, is ready for a coaching adventure.

‚ÄúChallenges are meant to be confronted. And overcoming them makes the effort worthwhile. It’s been two years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Another milestone reached,‚ÄĚ Kpaka proudly noted.

He added, ‚ÄúI would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have supported me throughout this journey. Your unwavering support, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration have played a vital role in achieving this milestone.”

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Goals from forward Sulaymane Faye and midfielder Mamadou Camara in the Egyptian capital of Cairo helped Senegal to victory over their arch-rivals.

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Shanghai Port winger Issa Kallon and Cambuur left-back Alex Bangura will not be available for selection as Sierra Leone prepares for the Sao Tome doubleheader later this month.

Coach John Keister’s side will return to continental action in the race to reach the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

Kallon, 27, who joined Chinese Super League club Shanghai Port in July last year, has confirmed his unavailability for selection.

‚ÄúI am just returning from Injury. I want to get back to full fitness. I will not be part of the team as I am staying in China,‚Ä̬†Kallon told Football Sierra Leone.

¬†He added, ‚ÄúWe have a new coach who wants to see and know his players better during pre-season.‚ÄĚ

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