Former Chelsea youngster Aziz Deen-Conteh hailed Leone Stars resilience after helping the squad to bounce back to snatched a draw on home soil against Malawi’s Flames in a friendly international on Tuesday afternoon at the Siaka Steven Stadium.
For the first time after the Ebola Epidemic, the Leone Stars was at home but started slow and deservedly trailed after the Flames and Jomo Cosmos attacker Mucium Mhone in the 18th minutes put the visitor ahead following a nice interchange of passes.
However, the home side fought back to level in the first-half goal from Finnish-based midfielder Abdul Sesay in 43rd minutes to deprive the visitors of victory for the third time against Sierra Leone.
A relieved Deen-Conteh who plying his trade with Moldovan top flight club Zaria Bălți said: “It was a decent game, to be honest even though the condition was very difficult – but I think we all handle the condition well especially the new boys including myself.
“As a team, I thought we done really well at times, with this performance it will give us the confidence going into our first double header game against Gabon.”
Five foreign-based players were in Sellas Tetteh’s first team they are a France-based keeper, Solomon Zombo Morris of FC Rouen, Abdul Sesay Oulun Palloseura attacking midfielder, German side Greuther Fürth midfielder George Davis and Aziz Deen-Conteh from Zaria Bălți, Moldova.
Conteh, 23, signed for Moldovan side Zaria Bălți at the end of the January transfer window until the end of the season and have played all their league games so far in the second round of the season.
Leone Stars will leave Sierra Leone today for their away trip in Gabon Franceville on 25 March and will host the Gabonese in the return fixture in Freetown on March 28.
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