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Sierra Leone Sports: Sierra Leone plays Nigeria today

Leone Stars during training sessionSierra Leone and Nigeria will square off today in the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations event in Ghana. The Nigeria Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf, has included Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye in his 18-man squad.
Local hero midfielder Rabiu Ali and Kingsley Eduwo have also been named alongside defenders Eze Stephen, Chima Akas, Osas Okoro and Emmanuel Ariwachukwu.
Others within the squad are Gabriel Okechukwu, Ubong Friday, Destiny Ashadi, Peter Eneji and Lobi Stars’ prolific striker Anthony Okpotu
Sierra Leone, Abu Bakarr Kamara, a one-time national captain, acknowledged his side will have an uphill task if they are to make it to the group stages of the tournament. But he is confident his squad can cause an upset against the home-based Super Eagles.
“I know it’s going to be a tough encounter but I’m confident that we will come out of the match with our heads raised up. I have faith in my boys and I’m convinced they would be able to implement the tactics we’ve learnt over the past few weeks,” coach Tostao was quoted as saying.
Sierra Leone assistant Coach Amidu Karim said, “I am aware of the pressure from fans and I have told my boys to be calm. We have to approach this tie with calmness and I’m confident my boys will deliver,”
“It will be a thrilling showdown between the two sides and we are mentally and physically prepared to face one of Africa’s big nations Nigeria and we have to show we are capable of keeping a good atmosphere and give them a good game. We have to keep it like that.
This year’s WAFU Championship will be the first of its kind following the sub-regions 12 years partnership with broadcast giants Fox TV.
Zone A (Sekondi-Takoradi)
Ghana vs. The Gambia, Nigeria vs. Sierra Leone, Mali vs. Mauritania, Guinea vs. Guinea-Bissau
Zone B (Cape Coast)
Senegal vs. Liberia, Burkina Faso vs. Niger, Cote d’Ivoire vs. Togo, Benin vs. Cape Verde
Monday September 11, 2017.

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