Sierra Leone will host the Lone Stars of Liberia on Sunday, 8th September, with the intent of overturning a two-goal deficit at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown.
The Leone Stars lost the first leg of the 2022 FIFA World Cup preliminary qualifier against their Liberian counterparts by 3-1 at the Samuel K. Doe Stadium in Monrovia on Wednesday evening.
Two penalties in both halves deemed contentious by Sierra Leonean fans, coupled with a defensive blunder in the 88th minute gave Liberia a two-goal cushion ahead Sunday’s encounter.
Earlier on Saturday 7th September the Leone Stars had their final training session at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in the presence of fans and supporters who shouted optimistic chants for the team’s qualification to the group stage.
The Liberians on the other hand alleged that they were prevented from taking part in the situational training by a group of Sierra Leonean football fans who are apparently bitter over the poor treatment their Liberian counterparts meted out to the Sierra Leonean team during the course of the first leg in Monrovia, three days ago.
A statement from the Liberian Football Association (LFA) has condemned the situation and has called on the Sierra Leone FA and the central Government for assurance of adequate security for both their players and fans before and after Sunday’s encounter.
The President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Madam Isha Johansen, has assured the Liberians of adequate security and communicated that the Liberian situational training would be held under the flood lights of the Siaka Stevens Stadium on Saturday evening.
Sierra Leone needs to score at least two goals unanswered to have access to the next stage, while 3-1 win will see the qualification decided from the penalty spot.
The overall stats do not favour Sierra Leone with eight defeats, three wins and five draws.