Sierra Leone National Team

Alhassan 'Crespo' Kamara, chips the keeper only to have it cleared from the line by a Tunisian defender [Leone Stars vs. Tunisia, June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)

Coach McKinstry and the Leone Stars have drawn 2-2 as Tunisia equalised in the final minute.

 

George 'Kweku' Davies makes his international debut against Tunisia, June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)Reflecting on a spectacular performance by Sierra Leone which was marred only by an error in the final seconds, Coach McKinsty commented  "Naturally everyone is very disappointed at how the game ended.  To have controlled the match for such long periods of time against a team ranked some 30 places ahead of us, as well as the attacking intent we showed throughout the encounter, was a mark of the work put in during our first week together." 

Reflecting on the changes Coach McKinstry had sought to make during his first week in charge, McKinstry commented "At half time it was clear that the players had really bought into what we were trying to do, and how we wanted to play the game.  Leading 1-0 they were confident, and we went out in the second half to try and finish the game off - so it is very disappointing that after having led twice in the game we were to concede an equaliser in the 90th minute..."

Kei Kamara Celebrates his goal against Tunisia, June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)McKinstry is mindful of the work that lies ahead, both in the short and long term - "Our task now is to pick the team up ahead of our game in Cape Verde next week where despite the odds being against us in terms of qualification for the World Cup, the mathematics says we are still in with a shout... but more work is required to ensure we convert any chances, such as those that were possible today when we were leading 2-1"

 

 

 

 

 

Match Highlights

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Notes to Editors

  1. The game is a World Cup 2013 Qualifier against Tunisia on 8 June 2013
  2. The game is the first in charge for Coach McKinstry who was appointed in April 2013.
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Quotes: What the media say

  • The figures do not lie. The six matches on McKinstry’s watch have been World Cup or Cup of Nations qualifiers. They have lost one.

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    the guardian
  • Leone Stars shine with purpose... what is even more remarkable is what the young Northern Irishman has done ... the Leone Stars are ranked 50th in the world and seventh in Africa – higher than they have ever been.

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    fifa.com
  • Under his management, the team played attractive football, scored goals and racked up some important results.

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    Eoin O'Callaghan the42.ie
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