Group I: Sudan vs. Sierra Leone – Venue: Khartoum International Stadium Time 20:00hrs Freetown 17:00hrs
Bolton Wanderers Sierra Leone International, Mohamed ‘Medo’ Kamara is oozing with confidence ahead of today’s 2017 AFCON opener against Sudan but insisted that there are no walkovers in African football; Sierra Leone must respect every opponent.
After a disappointing 2015 Afcon campaign securing only a point from six matches the former Partizan Belgrade midfielder wants Sierra Leone to start strong in the race to Gabon 2017.
Photo: Mohamed-Kamara (L) vies for the ball against Katlego Mphela of South Africa during the African Cup of Nations qualifier 2012.
“Sudan is one of the old guards and a big name in continental football, they must be respected and we cannot underestimate them,” Kamara, 27, told www.footballsierraleone.net
“Is a tricky group considering Gabon as the host already qualified, that’s why we need to come out strong as a team and we must avoid a setback.
“For me there are no minnows in African Football, we can’t underrate any opponent, if we do that we will get punish again in this qualifiers, we have to take all of the teams very serious.
“A clear example is what we saw in recent Friendlies, when Cape Verde defeated Portugal in the intentional friendly game also Ghana held Germany 2-2 in the world Cup 2014 and Sudan upset Nigeria during their 2015 qualifier here in Sudan.”
The other match in this group for the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is in Libreville the reigning champions away to host Gabon.
AFCON 2017 qualifiers results June 13, 2015
Zambia 0-0 Guinea-Bissau, Uganda 2 – 0 Botswana, Angola 4 – 0 CAR, Nigeria 2 -0 Chad, Malawi 1- 2 Zimbabwe, Cape Verde 7-1 Sao Tome, South Africa 0 0- Gambia, Burkina Faso 2 -0 Comoros, Mali 2 -0 South Sudan, Senegal 3 – 1 Burundi, Algeria 4 – 0 Seychelles, Malawi 1- 2 Zimbabwe
June 12, 2015: Guinea 1 – 2 Swaziland, Morocco 1 – 0 Libya, Tunisia 8 Djibouti 1
By Prince Scott