Leone Stars, Guinea Bissau clash in crucial derby

Sierra Leone will clash with Guinea Bissau on Monday (today) in an important match in the second matchday of Group A of the qualifiers for the 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.

Defeated 2-1 by Nigeria, the Leone Stars need to revive their campaign against the Djurtus, who made light work of Sao Tome and Principe with a 5-1 win.

In this very interesting group, where the search for the top two slots would be very tight, Sierra Leone, who returned to the final phase of the AFCON in 2021 after an absence that lasted 25 years, must leave no room for error.

In Cameroon (2021 AFCON), despite their elimination in the first round, Sierra Leone had left a good impression hinged on being able to hold two big sides of African football, Algeria (0-0) and Ivory Coast (2-2).

Narrowly missing qualification in the second round after a 1-0 defeat against Equatorial Guinea, the Leone Stars must avoid moving away from the elite of African football and that means qualifying for the AFCON next year scheduled for Ivory Coast.

As Nigeria are the favourites to win Group A, the battle between the two teams at the General Lansana Conté Conakry Stadium in Guinea will be epic.

Sierra Leone striker Jonathan Worsay was delighted to have scored the opening goal against Nigeria but lamented their defeat

“We are not happy with the outcome of the game but we showed great things that we must repeat against Guinea Bissau,” the Panetolikos forward said.

Guinea Bissau squad arrived in the Guinean capital of Conakry on Saturday, with their goalkeeper, Manuel Balde, confident of a positive result.

“Our victory against Sao Tome was a very good thing, but we have to keep working because Monday (today) we will have a difficult match

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