Crunch tie for Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea

Crunch tie for Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea
Sierra Leone players warming up

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jan 19, 2022. 09:01

Qualification for the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations will be on the line when Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea do battle at the Limbe Stadium on Thursday, January 20.

Kick-off is at 6pm CAT (SA, GMT+2)

The Leone Stars are third in Group E after picking up two points from their opening two matches at the 33rd edition of the biennial tournament.

They could still advance to the round of 16, but would need to get another result against their West African rivals in Limbe.

The National Thunder occupy second place, having collected three points from their first two group encounters at the showpiece event in Cameroon.

Juan Micha’s men began their AFCON campaign with a 1-0 defeat to the Elephants on January 12 and then claimed the scalp of the Fennec Foxes three days later when Esteban Obiang’s 70th-minute goal secured a 1-0 win.

They trial the Ivorians by a single point and could still finish as group winners with victory over Sierra Leone.

The two nations have met four times before, with the Leone Stars boasting a record of two victories to one, having most recently triumphed 3-2 in a World Cup qualifier in September 2013.

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