Despite Challenges, Shooting stars skipper buoyant ahead of Gambia clash


By: Mohamed Papa Bangura – Credit: Ministry of Sports & SWASAL

Sierra Leone national Youth U-20 captain, Sheka Fofanah (pictured) remain positive that Shooting Stars can make it to the next round of the U-20 African Youth championship.

Fofanah is fully aware that they must overcome a two-goal deficit if they are to reach the next round of the competition.

The Shooting Stars are going to need a perfect performance to overcome their counterparts in Saturday’s second leg tie at the Independence multi-purpose stadium in Bakau, The Gambia.

However, The Darling Scorpions are hoping to do the double against Shooting Stars on April 23 but Fofanah said they are ready to face the challenge on Saturday.

In an exclusive interview with the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL), a representative at the Mohammed V Terminal airport in Casablanca, Morocco the determined player believes they will overcome all odds and return home with a victory.

“This long wait on transit in Morocco will not stop us from winning the match against the Darling Scorpions on Saturday,” the young lad who missed the 2-0 defeat in the first leg in Makeni said.

“The match it just a challenge for us but we are ready to overcome it and return home with not only a victory but to qualify to the next stage of the tournament. As players, we must stay focus and complete this assignment which is achievable.”

The striker also appeals to Sierra Leoneans to remember the team in their prayers and also have faith in them as their single aim on Saturday is to qualify the team to the next stage of the competition.

Fofonah missed the first leg in Makeni due leg pain after playing for the senior national team, Leone Stars two-legged tie against Gabon in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Mighty Blackpool’s Gbrilla Kamara who had an outstanding performance for the Stars in Makeni also re-echoed his skipper call and urged his colleagues to work hard as a team to achieve their goals.


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