Sierra Leone’s head coach John Keister is urging his team to stay positive and fight hard against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their upcoming match. The Leone Stars are currently in third place in their group and must win their remaining two games to have a chance of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations next year. However, they have not beaten Nigeria in 22 years and are facing a difficult challenge.
Keister, who was a member of the Leone Stars squad that beat Nigeria in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in 2021, believes that a positive attitude is key to securing a historic victory against the three-time continental champions. “We know this is a match that we need to win, and therefore we have to be positive in our approach against a difficult Nigerian side – and we will definitely be,” he said.
Despite their underdog status, Keister is confident that his young team can come out on top. “There is just this feeling that we can come here and get a result against Nigeria. It’s going to be a fight – we are ready to deal with whatever is thrown at us. Football is about the day who wants it the most.”
Currently, Guinea Bissau are the leaders in Group A, with 10 points after five games. Nigeria are in second place with nine points, while Sierra Leone are in third place with four points. If Nigeria manages to avoid defeat against the Leone Stars, both Nigeria and Guinea Bissau will secure their places in the Africa Cup of Nations next year.
The match between Sierra Leone and Nigeria will take place in Monrovia, and it will be a crucial encounter for both teams. Sierra Leone will be hoping to secure a historic victory, while Nigeria will be looking to maintain their position in the group and secure their place in the Africa Cup of Nations. It promises to be an exciting match, and football fans around the world will be eagerly watching to see who comes out on top.