MATCH CENTRE

SAT 10 JUNE 2017, 18:30, FREETOWN

2
VS
1

Sierra Leone shine brightest in Freetown

by Bertin Basson

Sat June 10, 21:16

Sierra Leone got their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign off to the perfect start, defeating 10-man Kenya 2-1 a the National Stadium in Freetown on Saturday.

Tough conditions welcomed the two teams in the capital, but neither held back with an action packed encounter ending in a narrow victory for the hosts.

The Leone Stars opened the scoring in the Group F encounter after 22 minutes as Julius Vobay struck home from the edge of the area following good work down the flank from Kei Kamara.

Things went from bad to worse for the Harambee Stars on the cusp of half-time as Brian Onyango received his marching orders for a bad tackle.

Kenya, though, kept on fighting despite being a man down, but fell further behind in the 70th minute as Umaru Bangura fired home from 12 yards following a foul inside the penalty area.

Michael Olunga cut the deficit in half in the 75th minute; guiding an unstoppable left-footed free-kick into the roof of the net to give the Harambee Stars some hope.

The hosts, though, did enough to hold on as their fans burst into complete delirium at the final whistle.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
SIERRA LEONE KENYA
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
12
Goalkeeper
0
1
Goalkeeper
0
16
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
15
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
18
Defender
0
Defender
17
Defender
0
Defender
2
Defender
0
Defender
5
Defender
0
Midfielder
11
Defender
0
Midfielder
8
Defender
0
Midfielder
6
Defender
0
Midfielder
7
Defender
0
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
14
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
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