Sierra Leone national side will engage the `Nzalang Nacional` of Equatorial Guinea on Saturday at the national stadium main bowl in Freetown in the final round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Sierra Leone is third in the group with 5 points, having failed to win their two respective fixtures away from home while visitors Equatorial Guinea lays bottom with two points.
Sierra Leone will be without first choice goal keeper, Caulker who reportedly damaged his passport which prevented him from travelling to honor Sierra Leone two previous matches against Tunisia and Cape Verde.
Swedish based defender, Ibrahim `Marcel` Koroma, has been ruled out through suspension while China based defender Gibril `Barel` Sankoh has also been ruled out for unavoidable reason.
The FC Johansen based midfielder, George `Kweku` Davis has 50% chances to play as he is currently nursing a hamstring.
Head to Head
This will be the sixth meeting between the two sides. Sierra Leone has an edge over Equatorial Guinea, having won trice, lost once and drew once. Equatorial Guinea has failed to beat the Sierra Leone in their last two previous matches away from home.
2004 African Cup of Nations qualifiers:
Equatorial Guinea VS Sierra Leone 1-3 (First Leg)
Sierra Leone VS Equatorial Guinea2-0 (Second Leg)
2010 Preliminary World Cup Qualifiers:
Equatorial Guinea VS Sierra Leone 2-0
Sierra Leone VS Equatorial Guinea 1-0
2014 World Cup qualifiers
Equatorial Guinea VS Sierra Leone 2-2 (First Leg)
Sierra Leone VS Equatorial Guinea
Speaking to this press, American based midfielder John Trye said the team is highly concentrated and determine to win Saturday`s match.
He said: “It`s a must win match even though our chances of qualifying for 2014 world cup has been dashed but it will also improve our FIFA ranking in future,” he told this press.
He continued: “They have a formidable team but I`m confident of deflating them in Saturday`s showdown.
According to Valeriano, “the Equatorial Guinea national team has the ability to win against any opposition in this group. But for sure the win will not be easy. We have to work hard and concentrate on the challenge ahead. Our coach warned us against our weakness in this match,” he said..
Sierra Leone team
Goal Keepers: John Trye, Solomon Zombo Morris
Defenders: Sheriff Suma, Sam Bangura, Umaru Bangura, Hassan Milla Sesay, Mustapha Dumbuya
Midfielders: Ibrahim `Obrey` Kargbo, John Kamara, Michael Lahoud, George `Kweku` Davis, Mustapha `Haji` Bangura, Abdulai
Hindilo Bell- Baggie, Rodney Strasser, Mohamed `Medo` Kamara
Strikers: Mohamed `Pobosky` Bangura, Ibrahim `Teteh` Bangura, Alhassan `Crespo` Kamara, Kei Kamara
Equatorial Guinea team
Goal Keepers: Danilo, Felipe Ovono
Defenders: Dani Evuy, Kily, Fousseny Kamissoko, Jimmy Bermudez, Sipo, Diosdado, Carlos Akapo, Eloy
Midfielders: Juvenal, Ivan Zarandona, Valeriano, Dio, Baruc, Ehoma
Strikers: Randy, Emilion Nsue, Ivan Bolado, Thierry Fidjeu, Jonatas Obina, Cesar Rivas, Radolfo Bodipo
By Martain Wusha Conteh: Mysierraleoneonline.com