The Sierra Leone’s AFCON squad arrived in Lubumbashi DR Congo at around 2200hrs Monday night ahead of their African Nation’s Cup qualifier against the ‘Leopards’. (Photo Notts County defender against Roma’s Gervinho in action)
The latest ordeal is not the ideal one considering team preparation and resting of the players ahead of their Wednesday evening Afcon tie, because of the hold-up in travelling arrangement Leone Stars will commence training today at around 1400hrs since Saturday after narrowly losing to 2014 World Cup representatives Ivory Coast 2-1 in Abidjan.
Reports earlier suggested to Football Sierra Leone that the jet-lagged Sierra Leone squad was held up at the Kinshasa international airport after an excruciating 14-hour wait time in Casablanca and 7 hours flight to Kinshasa ahead of their schedule home tie against Congo Democratic Republic.
Sierra Leone moved their home games to Lubumbashi after the African governing body; Caf had ordered them to play at a different venue due to fears over the spread of the Ebola virus which is affecting the country.
The squad travelled and transited in Morocco for a combined 14-hours and 48 hours after the game which could undoubtedly affect their next match against Congo DR, who are effectively also playing at home.
Lubumbashi is the second largest city of Congo DR, Leone Stars of Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo will both be looking to get their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers off to a winning start on Wednesday evening at the Lubumbashi Stadium after the two nations lost their Group D opener to Ivory Coast and Cameroon respectively.
Elsewhere in the group, Two African giants go head to head in Group D as Indomitable Lions host the Elephants’. Both sides began with victories against Congo DR and Sierra Leone respectively, and the latter pair meets in Lubumbashi aiming for their first points of the campaign.