Sierra Leone’s Shooting Stars are ready to come out victorious from their first-leg tie when they host the Gambians on Saturday U-20 African Cup of Nations Zambia 2017 qualifiers.
The match is scheduled to be played at the Wusum Ground Makeni, in the Northern Province – before the return leg on the weekend of April 22 -24 in the Gambia.
For the second time the Wusum stadium will host U-20 youth competition. In April 2014 Sierra Leone defeated Guinea 1-0 at the same venue.
Sierra Leone and 19 others will be involved in the opening round and the Gambians are familiar foes in this tournament.
They were embarrassedly booted out of the 2015 African U-20 Youth Championship after allegedly found guilty of using overage players against Liberia in the first leg tie of the qualifiers on 6 April 2014 in Monrovia.
Sellas Tetteh, who is presently the caretaker coach for Leone Stars, was the technician when shooting Stars were eliminated by the Black Satellites in the 2015 qualifiers 4-1 on aggregate.
Reigning champions Nigeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire and Egypt drew a bye at the First Round. The rest are Gabon, Ghana, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa.
Zambia is set to host the continent’s 20-Edition of bi-annual cadet football championship in 2017 organized by CAF for players aged 20 and below in 2017.
The hosting rights were confirmed at the CAF Executive Committee meeting held in Cairo on Saturday 21st September 2013.
The 14 winners from the second round will face off in the third round on July 8-10 for the first leg and July 22-24 for the return leg with the seven eventual winners joining hosts Zambia for the tournament next year from February 26-March 12.
Fixtures: Friday, 1 April 2016: Tunisia vs Niger
Saturday, 2 April 2016: Sierra Leone vs Gambia- Rwanda vs Uganda – Mozambique vs Mauritius – Swaziland vs Namibia
Sunday, 3 April 2016: Liberia vs Guinea – Algeria vs Mauritania – Sudan vs Kenya – Zimbabwe vs Botswana – Ethiopia vs Somalia
Sierra Leone Previous Results U20 African Youth Championship Qualifiers:
24/05/2014: Ghana 2 – 1 Sierra Leone
10/05/2014: Sierra Leone 0 – 2 Ghana
25/04/2014: Guinea 0 – 1 Sierra Leone
05/04/2014: Sierra Leone 1 – 0 Guinea
11/08/2012: Cameroon 2 – 0 Sierra Leone
27/07/2012: Sierra Leone 1 – 1 Cameroon
06/05/2012: Sierra Leone 2 – 1 Chad
22/04/2012: Chad 2 – 3 Sierra Leone
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