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'Bittersweet' moment for Crotone attacker Augustus Kargbo

Attacker August Kargbo has said it was a ‘bitter pill to swallow’ two days after Sierra Leone’s 3-2 defeat to Nigeria in the Cup of Nations qualifier in the Liberia capital on Sunday.

The Crotone player restored parity on Sunday from 20 yards with a famous strike in the 85th minute as the Leone Stars drew level, but his goal was not enough.

His goal on Sunday was his second in the Cup of Nations qualifiers. But, it was Leicester attacker Kelechi Iheanacho who seized the moment, securing Nigeria’s qualification with a crucial last-gasp goal. This result also guaranteed a place for Guinea-Bissau.

The three-time African Champions prevailed with a 3-2 scoreline to secure their ticket to play at the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023.

“It’s still hurt really bad. It’s a dream for every footballer to play for his country in the #AFCON. Since I was a child, that has always been my dream. To see that dream slip away on Sunday – was a bitter pill to swallow,” Kargbo took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction.

The final group matches are to be played in September as Sierra Leone tackles Guinea-Bissua and Nigeria hosts Sao Tome.

Connect with us @football_sierra on Facebook/ Instagram, Football Sierra Leone, and Players Abroad. The writer Alie Bittar on Twitter @bittar32, Contact Bittar@old.footballsierraleone.net.

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