Saturday, October 13, 2012

Kamara and Sierra Leone Eliminated From African Cup of Nations

Needing a win or a high scoring draw in their African Cup of Nations qualifier today, Kei Kamara and the Sierra Leone national team ended up tying Tunisia 0-0 in Tunisia, sending the North African country to the African Cup of Nations in January by virtue of their 2 goals in the first leg in Freetown Sierra Leone.

Things didn't get off to a good start as they picked up a red card in the 25th minute, forcing them to spend the majority of the game playing a man down.  Still while a man down, the Leone Stars still created chances.  Kei Kamara put a ball in the back of the net, but was rightly ruled offside on the play.  Being down a man, Tunisia had the bulk of the possession, but Sierra Leone looked quite dangerous on the counter attack.  Late on Sierra Leone had another goal ruled out after a foul on the goal keeper off a corner kick.  The keeper came to claim it and collided with a Leone Stars player.  Another player put it into the net, but the foul had been called.  Overall Kamara had a very good game, considering he was left isolated as a loan forward after the red card.  It's a disappointing end to their run in hopes of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Sierra Leone's sights will be set back towards the 2014 World Cup, their next qualifier is in March of next year when they will take on the same Tunisia side.

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