Sierra Leone 1 Malawi 1 International Friendly
Leone Stars stood toe to toe with their visitors on Tuesday afternoon and came through with heads unbowed, as a first-half goal from Abdul Sesay earned Leone Stars a 1-1 draw at Siaka Steven Stadium.
Sesay’s 43minutes equaliser deprived the visitors of victory in a very good friendly contest.
The opening goal came through the Flames and Jomo Cosmos attacker Mucium Mhone in the 18th minute following a nice interchange of passes.
Former Bolton Midfielder Mohamed Medo Kamara captained the Sierra Leone side that was playing for the first time on home soil since the country was officially declared Ebola-free in November 2015.
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 were all in Sellas Tetteh’s first team.
The Match was a dress rehearsal friendly as both Sierra Leone and Malawi were preparing for their African Nations Cup matches against Gabon and Guinea respectively.
This is the third time both Sierra Leone and Malawi locking horns and all three matches are friendlies.
The Malawians have won twice against Leone Stars on the 6th and 9th July 1978 5-0 and 4-2 tie in 1978 during Independence Celebrations games in Malawi.
Sierra Leone last played at home soil defeating Seychelles 2-0 July 19, 2014.
Leone Stars next match is against Gabon in Franceville on 25 March and will host the Gabonese in the return fixtures in Freetown on March 28.
The Sierra Leone Football Association President Isha Johansen and other dignitaries including the Deputy Minister of Sports Al-Sankoh Conteh and the Director of Sports Ibrahim Bangura were in attendance.
By Desmond Tunde Coker