Williams, Bakayoko to lead attack against Algeria

Williams, Bakayoko to lead attack against Algeria

  • Algeria Vs Sierra Leone – Fujairah Club Stadium, 19 November – 19:00  

Amadou Bakayoko of Bolton Wanderers and Augustine Williams from Charleston Battery will lead the Sierra Leone attack against Algeria B side in a warn-up contest in the United Arab Emirates at the Fujairah Club Stadium on Saturday. 

After defeats against South Africa and DRC Leopards, the Leone Stars are in the hunt to bounce back as head coach John Keister named a strong side.

In midfield, RB Linense duo twin brothers Alusine & Alhassan Koroma will play in the middle of the pack whilst attacker Emmanuel Samadiya starts on the left and Wycombe Wanderers‘ winger Sullay Kaikai on the right.

Skipper Steven Caulker will partner Bo Rangers Umaru Samura for the first time. A new position for right winger Prince Barrie, who will be playing as a right back. Alex Bangura from Cambuur’s in his usual left-back position. 

Sierra Leone continues their preparation for next year’s Cup of Nations qualifiers against São Tomé and Príncipe whilst the Algerians prepare to host the 202 2 African Nations Championship.

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Sierra Leone national A team, Leone Stars, are set to engage Algeria’s national B side in the United Arab Emirates at the Fujairah Club Stadium on Saturday. 

Kickoff is from 19:00 local time (15:00 hours in Sierra Leone) – it is the third preparation match for Leone Stars in just under two months. 

After two difficult results in their last outings against South Africa and DRC, the Leone Stars will be in the hunt to bounce.

After two difficult results in their last outings against South Africa and DRC, coach John Keister’s side is to continue their groundwork ahead of next year’s Cup of Nations qualifiers against São Tomé and Príncipe.

The Algerians, on the other hand, are preparing to host the 2022 African Nations Championship.

Coach Keister will use the match to assess the depth of his squad, as any of the four new faces could make their Sierra Leone debut.

Jay Tee Kamara from Columbus Crew II, Mbabane Swallows midfielder Mohamed Kabia, US-based attacker Rodney Michael and Mohamed Kamara are all in line to make their Sierra Leone debut.

It’s worth mentioning that Sierra Leone marked their return to the Africa Cup of Nations after more than two decades with a deserving goalless draw with the senior Desert Warriors side in Cameroon at the Japoma Stadium in Douala on January 11, 2022. 

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Bangura, who joined Cambuur from Feyenoord’s youth academy in 2018, has made almost a hundred appearances for SC Cambuur.

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Tagnaout, the Moroccan midfielder, was voted the CAF Women’s Champions League Best Player of the Tournament for her influential role during the competition.

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Two new faces were drafted to the Sierra Leone A team from U23 as they hit the Fujairah training pitch with head coach John Keister during their United Arab Emirates (UAE) training camp.  

Jay Tee Kamara from Columbus Crew and Mohamed Kabia Mbabane Swallows were brilliant against Zambia during U23 African Cup of Nations matches last month.

As well as offering developmental experiences to some players selected, the trip will support Sierra Leone Men’s Test preparation for their African Cup of Nations doubleheader next year.

Sixteen foreign-based players were part of the team out on the grass as they re-group to bounce back from DRC and South Africa defeats.

Check out some images of their first session lasted for an hour and a half at the Fujairah training facility on Tuesday.

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Players and officials will reside at the Concorde Hotel in Fujairah as this training camp will be part of head coach John Keister’s preparation for next year’s doubleheader against Sao Tome in March 2023.

This medium gathered that Sierra Leone could probably face Kuwait on the 16th before taking on the Desert Warriors of Algeria on the 19th of November, respectively, at the Fujairah Club Stadium.

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The list of 22 players in Fujairah City in the United Arab Emirates

Keepers – Mohamed N Kamara Horoya AC, Issa Caulker FC Kallon, Unisa Conteh FC Johansen 

Defenders – Steven Caulker Fatih Karagümrük, Alex Bangura Cambuur, Demba Kamara Victor San Marino, Emanual Samadiya Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion FC, Alpha Bedor Conteh Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion, Lamin Conteh FC Johansen, Abubakarr Samura Bo Rangers 

Midfielders – Alusine Koroma & Alhassan Koroma RB Linense, Mohamed Kabia Mbabane Swallows, Jay Tee Kamara Columbus Crew, Prince Barrie EE Lions, Mohamed Kamara aka Marez EE Lions, Rodney Michael Indy Eleven

Attackers – Mohamed Buya Turay Malmo, Amadou Bakayoko Bolton, Sullay Kaikai Wycombe, Jonathan Morsay  Panetolikos F.C, Augustine Williams  Charleston Battery 

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