National home-based coach Abdulai Bah insisted his side still have a chance going into the second encounter at the weekend despite defeat against Mauritania in the first leg of their African Nations Cup Championship (CHAN) qualifier. (Photo: Mauritania’s Taghyoullah Denne converted his goal from 12 yards)
Sunday’s dramatic 2-1 setback against Les Mourabitounes is their first of the two-leg meeting but coach Bah, has backs his players to come out fighting for their lives.
Coach Bah, 42, did acknowledge, however, that is a difficult task going into the return fixture, blaming no one instead he is trying to keep the squad fully motivated ahead of Saturday’s return fixture at the Olympic Stadium in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
“We start very slow in the opening minutes, and it was bad for us as everything seems not to be working in the first 10 to 15 minutes after conceding the first goal,” Bah told footballsierraleone.net from Mauritania.
“I think the referee was too harsh on us showing yellow cards for same offences committed by Mauritania, but all the same we made our own mistakes.
“There is room to improve. We’ve seen their style of play now, we must ready and believe that we have a chance, we must stay motivated and ready to do more next Saturday,” said the coach.
Meanwhile, the winner of the tie will face the winner in the duel between Mali and Guinea Bissau, both teams played to a 1-all draw last Saturday.
By Alie Bittar