Sierra Leone are still very much in the running to reach the next stage of the qualifiers of the Championship of African Nations – that is according to the squad facing Mauritania in the return leg in Nouakchott. (Coach Bah and squad pictured)
Sierra Leone had lost 2-1 last weekend to the Mourabitounes in the competition which is reserved for internationals who play in their own domestic leagues. And due to the ebola virus which is still affecting Sierra Leone, the two-legged encounter is being hosted in Nouakchott.
As Sierra Leone coach Abdulai Bah comes face to face with his Mauritania counterpart in Frenchman Corentin Martins, he is confident that his charges can still advance to the next stage to face Mali or Guinea-Bissau.
He has backed his players to come out fighting for their lives.
Meanwhile, striker Abdul Bangura, 19, believes a win on Saturday is the only solution to progress to the next stage.
“Against Mauritania is a must-win and we must not concede any goal,” Bangura warns.
“We must take the battle for qualification down to the last minute if possible,” he told footballsierraleone.net from Mauritania.
In another development, Ali Badara Kella who played no part in the first-leg defeat due to illness is set to return to the squad.
The Kamboi Eagles striker was out of Bah’s squad, but reports from Nouakchott has indicated that he is likely to make an appearance after showing signs of recovery.
By Alie Bittar