Yeami Dunia of Sierra Leone
Saturday Sep 08, 2018. 09:15
Sierra Leone will chase a second win in Group F of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they take on hosts Ethiopia at the International Stadium in Hawassa on Sunday, September 9, kick-off at 15h00 CAT.
Ethiopia are placed at the bottom of the log after their group stage campaign got off to a terrible start – they were hammered 5-0 by Ghana in Kumasi in June last year. The result immediately set back the Wayla Antelopes’ hopes of returning to the AFCON finals for the first time since 2013.
By contrast, Sierra Leone, defeated Kenya 2-1 at home in their opener, thanks to goals from Julius Wobay and Umaru Bangura. The Lone Stars are hoping to return to the continental tournament for the first since since 1996.
Ethiopia come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw in a friendly with Burundi played in Hawassa last weekend. Prior to that, their last game was also a 1-1 result, this time against Uganda back in December 2017.
Sierra Leone have failed tow in any of their four matches they have played since that win over Kenya last year. Their last outing was a goalless draw with Liberia in a friendly back in July.
This will be the first official international between Ethiopia and Sierra Leone, with Tunisian referee Sadok Selmi set to take charge of the match in Hawassa.
The other Group F match takes place on Saturday, September 8 and sees Kenya host Ghana in Nairobi.