Sierra Leone’s home-based team have intensified preparations for their next month’s 2018 CHAN qualifiers first leg tie against Senegal in Freetown.
Despite admitting that he knows little or nothing about their opponent, the home-based Leone Stars coach Abubakarr Tostao Kamara said they are focused on getting the boys fit and ready for the challenge against the Teranga Lions of Senegal.
“Our focus is to get the players in a better shape for the match at home. We need nothing less than a comfortable victory here. Even though much is not known about our opponent, we are working round the clock to give our best in order to be on the safe side for the return leg,” Coach Tostao said.
This will mark the second meeting between the two sides after the Teranga Lions eliminated Leone Stars 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 aggregate score-line. Senegal defeated Sierra Leone in the first leg in Dakar, the home side produced the same score- line during the return leg in Freetown.
In 2014, the Home-base Leone Stars were eliminated in their own backyard by next door neighbor, Guinea. The Guineans forced Sierra Leone to a 1-1 draw at the National Stadium in Freetown with the return leg in Conakry ending up in a goalless draw.
The team was again shown the exit door in the 2016 preliminary rounds by Mauritania who advanced from a 4-1 aggregate win. The Mauritanians secured a 2-1 victory in the first leg at the Nouakchott Stadium before settling for a 2-0 win six days later in Freetown.
Sierra Leone has never qualified for the CHAN competition which is meant for players playing in a domestic leagues since its inception in 2009 by the African Football governing body, CAF.
By: Sahr Morris Jr.