Sierra Leone National Team

"Mohamed 'Poborsky' Bangura [vs. Cape Verde, June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)

Coach McKinstry and the Leone Stars suffered a narrow 1-nil defeat to Cape Verde.

 

Alhassan 'Crespo' Kamara [vs. Cape Verde, June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)]In the World Cup qualifier in Praia (Cape Verde) today, Cape Verde scored an early goal from somewhat of a fortunate situation, and from there on in frustrated a game that was otherwise characterised by the Leone Stars in possession.

Coach McKinstry commented "In international football I think you will struggle to find many examples where the away team has had the majority of possession and territory, as we had today, but couldn't put the finishing touch to it and get the ball into the net".  

 

John Kamara (Leone Stars) [vs. Cape Verde, June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)]Reflecting on the game as a whole, Coach McKinstry noted "In terms of the performance of the Leone Stars, the are clear positives in how the team is developing - in terms of how we passed the ball, better using the space of the field, pressurising our opponents - and on another day maybe those chances that came back off the post would end up in the back of the net, but not today."  

He added:

"At this level the result is king, and we have to do better to ensure we see off teams and that the result matches the performance going forward".

 

 

Match Highlights

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Notes to Editors

  1. The game is a World Cup 2013 Qualifier against Cape Verde on 15 June 2013
  2. The game is the second in charge for Coach McKinstry who was appointed to the post in April 2013.
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Quotes: What the media say

  • McKinstry made an impressive start, losing just one of his first six matches and leading Sierra Leone into the top 50 of Fifa's world rankings, above Northern Ireland, the Republic, Cameroon and Senegal.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
  • Johnny McKinstry is one of the most intelligent, level-headed and knowledgeable managers in the game today. Few can match his achievements by the age of 30, and fewer still the success he has enjoyed in the game.

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    These Football Times
  • There is an almost missionary zeal to Johnny McKinstry's devotion to his job.

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    Daily Mirror
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