Sierra Leone vs Tunisia by Isaiah

Sierra Leone participated for the last time in the final phase of the Africa Nations Cup back in 1996, while the civil war that broke out in the early 90's did not allow the country's national team to focus on pure football development.

Swedish Lars-Olof Mattsson took over Sierra Leone bench last year, in order to qualify the team to the African Nations Cup and the next phase of the World Cup. Mattsson has managed to create a competitive team, which won over the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, with a 2-1 defeat away, and a 4-2 victory at home. Kamara (Houston Dynamo) and Bangura (Bursaspor) achieved two goals each one.

Anyway, their team has made some progress in comparison with last years, and they are more confident this time that they will show against Tunisia that they can bet a positive result. They have to play smart, and as their coach stated, even a draw will be a great result that will keep them in the game of qualifying.

Defender Simbo (Bodens) and midfielder Strasser (Milan) left out of the roster due to injuries. In addition, striker Kayode (AZAL) can not play as he was born in Nigeria, with Mattsson not to count him anymore. Kallon, Sesay (Mypa), Woobay (Neftci), Kamara (Partizan) are the best-known players of Sierra Leone.

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Tunisia has once won the African Nations Cup in 2004 when they were the hostess of the event. They compete another 13 times, being one of the continental powers, and Sami Trabelsi, former international player from last year, is now coach of Tunisia.

Tunisia has a quality roster in comparison with Sierra Leone, as most of their players compete in the Tunisian domestic league, which is one of the top leagues of the continent. The qualification for the final phase of the Nations Cup is a big target for them and they take the tourmanent as serious they can. They are urely outweigh Sierra Leone, their players are training together for several days and as their coach stated they have realized that the qualification is their only target.

Midfielder Ben-Hatira (Hertha) is injured and was not invited, while key midfielder Msakni is back to the team. Moreover, the attacking line is stronger now with the addition of Jemaa (Al-Kuwait), who have played to lot of French teams with success.

Sierra Leone is the underdog of the game, although they have some great desire for a positive result. They are facing the theoretically better team of Tunisia who is ready to qualify, and i don't think that Tunisia will leave with no points from there.

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