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Sierra Leone Sports: Coach Foray upbeat ahead of Gambia game

Coach ForayThe Head Coach of Sierra Leone Female U-17 national team, Alhaji Foray, is eager to line up a powerful and resilient side against the Gambians when they face-off at the Bo-Kenema Stadium in Bo on Saturday 14 October 2017, in the first leg of the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier, preliminary round.
Coach Foray, is hoping to see his players put up a good show against the Gambians to win and secure all three points in front of their home crowd. Stating, it is important to win at home so as to give them the advantage in the return leg in Gambia.
Sierra Leone U-17 girls are currently training in Freetown to better prepare for their opponent. The team has played two friendly matches against the U-20 women’s team. They won the first match 2-1 and lost 4-1 to the U-20 ladies in the second friendly encounter played at the Football Academy in Kingtom.
The Coach emphasized the significance of both friendly matches, citing they were used to test the qualities of the players having trained for over 4-weeks. Noting most of the lapses in the team were corrected after the friendlies and that has served as one key solution to shape the squad.
“My role is to guide the players to qualify. I would have liked to test the team against national U-17 side from other countries, but the resources are limited, so we have to work on what we have to engage the players in competitive mood,” said Foray.
Coach Foray commented, “This is the first time this set of girls will be playing under the national colours. They are passionate about playing for their country by giving out their best to ensure they’re knockout the Gambians”.
The Coach believes he has no pressure, and with the help of his players, he will deliver good results and put smiles on the faces of Sierra Leoneans. Thus, he called on all football loving fans to support the national U-17 girls as a way of motivation.
Despite the lack of proper structures in women’s football, one of the players, Isata Kamara, hopeful of defeating Gambia to not only qualify but to restore pride in women’s football.
“We are happily training to play the match with total concentration and one mind. We will be playing in a good venue in Bo. I’m sure our people, the people of Bo town and its surroundings will give us full support to thrash our visitors,” Kamara admitted.
Prior to the match, Sierra Leoneans are expecting the team to score more goals so that when they travel to Gambia for the return leg a week later, they will be able to survive the pressure and probably go through to the next stage on away goal rule.
They said, “The Gambians have a very good youth system, the last time we saw the outcome of the result, and we will not want that to repeat again, so our girls should try by all means to implement law 10. They should score more goals at home if they are to qualify for the next round.”
The last time both nations met, the female Scorpions of Gambia overpowered Sierra Leone in both legs by defeating them 6-1 on aggregate; 3-1 in Makeni and 3-0 in Banjul.
The winner after both legs will face Ghana in the second round preliminary in December before the third and final round of the qualifier in February 2018 against the winner between Tunisia and Djibouti or Libya.
By Magdalene S. Konneh
Monday October 09, 2017.

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