Sierra Leone Qualify To AFCON After 26-year Wait

AFCON Qualifiers
Sierra Leone 1-0 Benin
June 15th/2021
General Lassana Conte Stadium in Conakry, Guinea

After waiting for 2t years, Sierra Leone returned to the continent’s flagship competition for the first time since their second participation in South Africa in 1996.

To reach the final tournament, Sierra Leone defeated Benin 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon, in a rescheduled game.

Initially this game was slated to be played in March but was postponed following allegations of Sierra Leone tampering with the Covid-19 test results of Benin players.

However, CAF finally rescheduled it to be played on Tuesday 15th, at the General Lassana Conte Stadium in Conakry, Guinea.

Fans who attended the game. Sierra Leone FA photo

Heading into this tie, For Benin, they needed only a draw to qualify as they were occupying the second place with seven points while Sierra Leone, who were third placed and needed nothing but victory to seal a place in the final tournament.

Key Ansu Kamara scored the game the all important goal from the spot after 18 minutes to give Sierra Leone a vital lead that they kept till the final whistle.

The Leone Stars finished second in Group L with seven points behind leaders Nigeria (14 points). Benin had the same number of points (seven) and both sides had the same head-to-head results (each winning 1-0 at home), but Sierra Leone qualified on better goal difference (0 compared to Benin -1).

They now become the 24th and last team to qualify to the Total Africa Cup of Nations, 2021 to be held in Cameroon as the hosts.

Qualified Teams

Cameroon Hosts Group F
Group A : Mali, Guinea
Group B: Burkina Faso, Malawi
Group C: Ghana, Sudan
Group D: Gambia, Gabon
Group E: Morocco, Mauritania
Group F: Cape Varde
Group G: Egypt, Comoros
Group H: Algeria, Zimbabwe
Group I: Senegal, Ginuea Bissau
Group J: Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea
Group K: Ivory Coast, Ethiopia
Group L: Nigeria, Sierra Leone



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