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Sierra Leone Stars register first win to keep Afcon hopes alive

Sierra Leone registered its first victory in the African Cup of Nations Qualifying Group A campaign defeating Sao Tome 2-0 to move two points behind leaders Guinea Bissau.

Both sides played to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday, but on matchday four, Sierra Leone looked more determined to keep their qualification campaign alive.

Defender Abubakarr Samura scored the opener in the 7th minute from a corner the Sao Tome defence failed to clear.

Sierra Leone was a much better side from the first leg, with much ball composure and discipline all over the pitch.

After controlling much of the first 20 minutes, RB Linense midfielder Alhassan Koroma scored a decent long-range to double Sierra Leone’s lead in the 28 minutes.

The first 45-minute ended 2-0 in the visitors’ favour at the Grand Satde D’ Agadir on Sunday.

After the restart, Sao Tome increased the tempo of the match, but they were contained by a more robust Sierra Leone side, who knows only a win can give them any chance to reach Ivory Coast. 

Meanwhile, Group A leaders Guinea-Bissau look set to keep their unbeaten record in the qualifying race when they host Nigeria on Monday at home.

After a super-away 1-0 win at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, Guinea-Bissua comfortably topped the group with seven points ahead of hosting Nigeria with six points.

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