Shooting Stars of Sierra Leone will kick start their qualification U20 Zone A campaign with an opening contest against Mali on Monday at the Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya.

After a series of intensive training sessions, the national U20 37-man contingent is expected in Nouakchott Mauritania today ahead of their opener.

The regional competition is set to commence (tomorrow) on the 28th of August – will serve as a qualifying tournament for the 2023 Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Egypt. 

Shooting Stars of Sierra Leone, who have never been to the U20 Nations Cup, have a chance to break through this time. After their training camp in Kenema City, coach Sillah believes his side is fully ready to face the challenges starting from Monday.

“We are impressed with the players’ mental strength, physical approach, and coordination. Such performance will be replicated during the tournament”, Sillah was quoted as saying.

Mali were the runners-up in the tournament hosted in Guinea 2019 after a 2-0 defeat to winners Senegal. Sierra Leone suffered an 8-7 defeat to the Gambia on penalties to secure fourth place.

Sierra Leone edged into the semi-finals with a 3-2 win over host Guinea. A Suffian Kaloko brace ensured Shooting Stars make the last four at the September 28 stadium in Conakry, Guinea.

The two finalists in Mauritania will book their tickets to the U20 Africa Cup of Nation 2023 held in Egypt from February 18 to 12 March.

A total of twelve teams qualify to play in the final tournament, including host Egypt.

Related Articles

Bo Rangers suffer Champions League home defeat

Bo Rangers suffer Champions League home defeat

Sierra Leone Champions Bo Rangers suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Algerian side CR Belouizdad in the first leg of the second preliminary round of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League on Sunday at the Southern Arena. Rangers started well and capitalised in the...

read more
Sierra Leone end AFCON campaign with Guinea-Bissau defeat

Sierra Leone end AFCON campaign with Guinea-Bissau defeat

The Djurtus Wild Dogs of Bissau defeated Sierra Leone 2-1 on Monday at the Estádio 24 de Setembro to wrap up the AFCON 2023 qualifiers. Coach John Keister's side started brightly as they capitalised on an early six-minute chance scored by Dundee's striker Amadou...

read more

Premier League Table 2022/23


FSL Media archives


FSL Media on Twitter

Nigeria 🆚 Sierra Leone | Highlights - #TotalEnergiesAFCONQ2023 - MD1 Group A