AFCON Keister Assures Sierra Leonean of victory against Super Eagles in Benin

Sierra Leone head coach John Keister is confidence about upsetting the Super Eagles when both team clash on Friday in the 2022 AFCON qualifier.

The Leone Stars arrived Nigeria on Wednesday ahead of the first leg at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

The Sierra Leone contingent is made up of a 42 man delegation, ahead of the 2022 AFCON Qualifiers clash against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Friday 13th November, 2020. 

The Sierra Leone coach while speaking said his team have the capability to secure the maximum points against the Super Eagles.

“I want the nation to be positive about the outcome from the first leg,” he remarked during a press conference.

 “The team’s rebuilding process starts now, and I’ve put together some of the best players to upset the Nigerians,” he added.

Major highlight of the squad was including USL Championship joint top scorer Augustus Williams who will be eyeing his international debut, besides Anderlecht striker Mustapha Bundu.

Former AC Millan midfielder Rodney Strasser who now plays for Turun Palloseura, Randers forward Alhaji Kamara and 32-year-old Mohamed “Medo” Kamara return to the squad. 

Forward Kei Kamara (36) made a U-turn on his retirement from international football as was announced last November.

FC Kallon’s goal machine Hassan Milla Sesay and teammate Emmanuel Samadia join China based striker Mohamed Buya Turay, US based Mustapha Dumbuya and Orebro SK left back Kevin Wright as they rejoin regular suspects as Skipper Umara Bangura and Iceland Based winger Kwame Quee.

Sierra Leone trail Group L with a lone point following a 1-1 home draw with Lesotho and 1-0 away defeat to Benin.

Friday (13 November) encounter 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.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers:

 Mohamed N. Kamara (East End Lions), Unisa Conteh (FC Johansen), Issac Caulker (FC Kallon)

Defenders: 

Umaro Bangura (FC Zurich, Switzerland), Alie Sesay (Zira FK, Azerbaijan), Yeami Dunia (East End Lions), Kevin Wright (Orebro SK, Sweden), Osman Kakay (Queens Park Rangers, England), Mustapha Dumbuya (Tampa Bay Rowdies, USA), Abubakar Samura (Unattached),

Midfielders: 

Hassan M. Koroma (FC Kallon), Mohamed Medo Kamara (FC Haka, Finland), John Kamara (Kesla, Azerbaijan), Rodney Strasser (Turun Palloseura, Finland), Prince Barrie (Bo Rangers)

Forwards: 

Emmanuel Samadia (FC Kallon), Kei Kamara (Minnesota United, USA), Kwame Quee (Vikingur Reykjavik, Iceland), Mohamed Buya Turay (Hebei Fortune, China), Alhaji Kamara (Randers, Denmark), Mustapha Bundu (Anderlecht, Belgium), Augustus Williams (Los Angeles Galaxy, USA), Alhassan Koroma (Real Balompedica, Spain)


USIAYO

Henry Usiayo is a reporter who has a flair for sports and he currently write sports articles for Africa Top Sports.

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