Sierra Leone coach John Keister has admitted that he will face a tough team in the Super Eagles, but expressed confidence and determination to secure maximum points against the Super Eagles.
“I want the nation to be positive about the result of the first leg,” he commented during a press conference. “The team rebuilding process begins now and I have brought together some of the best players to upset Nigerians.”
The highlight of the team was the inclusion of USL championship top scorer Augustus Williams, who will be watching his international debut, as well as Anderlecht forward Mustapha Bundu.
Former AC Millán midfielder Rodney Strasser, who now plays for Turun Palloseura, Randers forward Alhaji Kamara and 32-year-old Mohamed “Medo” Kamara return to the team. Forward Kei Kamara (36) took a 180 degree turn in his retirement from international soccer as announced last November.
FC Kallon’s goal machine Hassan Milla Sesay and his teammate Emmanuel Samadia join Chinese forward Mohamed Buya Turay, American Mustapha Dumbuya and Orebro SK left-back Kevin Wright, who join the usual suspects such as Captain Umara Bangura and Icelandic winger Kwame Quee.
Sierra Leone is behind Group L with just one point after a 1-1 draw at home with Lesotho and a 1-0 away loss to Benin.
The meeting on Friday (November 13) will mark the fifteenth meeting between the two West African nations in friendly and competitive international matches. Sierra Leone won two, lost nine and drew three of their games with the Nigerian Super Eagles.
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