Regardless of the daunting task ahead for a place in the continent’s top competition next year in Morocco, Sierra Leone’s head coach Johnny Mckinstry acknowledging the fact that the national team is young and there is always room for improvement.
(Photos: Leone Stars head coach with former Leone stars striker Abu Kanu)
The Coach Mckinstry was clear with Leone Stars overall performance: After Leone Stars narrow defeat to Les Elephants in their AFCON opener in Abidjan the 29-year-old Northern Irish international maintained the situation was far from ideal with the present situation in Sierra Leone.
-We have a young team, who are still learning, and despite almost no preparation as a team this week, delivered a hard fought and excellent performance against a very strong Ivory Coast side today. If we can secure appropriate preparation in time ahead of our future games, the sort of attitude and performance displayed today will stand the Leone Stars in good sharp as they seek to advance to AFCON 2015 and build for the future.”
Sierra Leone is one of the most affected by the Ebola virus and because of that Mckinstry side will played all six matches outside Freetown Sierra Leone. It remains to be seen whether they will overcome the misery.
However, Leone Stars faces an uphill struggle to reach the African Nations Cup finals for the first time since 1996.
Meanwhile, The Sierra Leone national football team, Leone Stars are presently in Casablanca on their way to Kinshasa to honour their next encounter in group D hosting DR Congo.
Leone Stars of Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo will both be looking to get their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers off to a winning start on Wednesday evening at the Lubumbashi Stadium after the two nations lost their Group D opener to Ivory Coast and Cameroon respectively.