Saturday, June 04, 2011
Kamara, Sierra Leone Get Key Win
While his teammates are getting ready to face Toronto FC tonight, Kei Kamara was in Freetown, Sierra Leone as the Leone Stars took on Niger in an African Cup of Nations qualifier. Sierra Leone needed a win to keep in the race for qualification after a 3-1 loss in Niger earlier this year. By first hand reports, Sierra Leone dominated the game but was unable to finish their chances Kamara had a few chances as he mainly played in a support role behind Sierra Leone's two strikers. A goal early in the second half by Tetteh Bangura of AIK in Sweden proved to be the difference in the game, as Sierra Leone got their first win at home in 3 years. With the win, Sierra Leone is 1 point behind Niger for second place, and 2 points behind first place South Africa (who play 4th place Egypt tomorrow). There are two rounds left in qualifying for Sierra Leone, a home game against Egypt on September 2nd, and an away game against South Africa somewhere between October 7th and 9th. The winner in the group qualifies for the African Cup of Nations, the second place team qualifies if it's one of the top two second place teams out of all the groups. Congrats to Kamara and the Leone Stars on the win.