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By Ransford Maclean

It could be recalled that Leone Stars of Sierra Leone was drawn in Group L amongst Lesotho, Nigeria and Benin for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that will be hosted in Cameroon. The Stars the played Lesotho on 13th November last year were they played one all draw in an empty stadium in Freetown. Leone Stars honored their second fixture away to the Squirrels of Benin were they lost by a goal to nil. However, Sierra Leone will again honour its next fixture away to the Super Eagles of Nigeria on 23rd March this year in Lagos. Already, First Assistant Coach for Leone Stars, John Kiester has invited forty-three home based players that have already started training at the Sierra Leone Football Academy grounds in Kingtom. These selected home players where eye-marked from some of the Premier League clubs who are currently competing in the ongoing Sierra Leone Premier League Tournament. According to Kiester, this is the temporal squad for the first leg against Nigeria and that the list will be scaled down to match-up with other foreign based payers. History has it that Nigeria and Sierra Leone senior sides have met fourteen times at all categories and Nigeria has since recorded nine wins, whilst Sierra Leone won only twice and four draws. From the current FIFA and CAF Ranking, Nigeria is ranked thirty-third and third in Africa, whilst Sierra Leone is on 118 on the FIFA ranking.

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