According to John Keister, head coach of Sierra Leone, the match against Nigeria at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium in Liberia on Sunday (today) is a must-win match.
On June 9, 2022, the Super Eagles defeated the other team 2-1 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
Going into this pivotal confrontation, both sides have a lot on the line.
After Guinea-Bissau defeated Sao Tome and Principe 1-0 on Thursday to climb to the top of the log with 10 points, the Eagles are now in second place, while Sierra Leone is in third with five points from four games.
Nigeria, the three-time champions of Africa, must win on Sunday in order to qualify for the AFCON, which will take place in Ivory Coast the following year.
Keister’s team trails second-placed Nigeria by four points; with a win today, they may close that deficit and have everything on the line against Guinea-Bissau in their last qualifier.
Speaking before the match, Keister acknowledged that his team needed to win today’s match at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium in Liberia.
In an interview with Sierra Leone writer Alie Bittar, he remarked, “We know this is a match that we need to win, and as a result, we have to be positive in our approach against a difficult Nigerian side—and we will definitely be.”
“Even though we are a young team, there is a sense that we can come here and beat Nigeria. It’s going to be a fight, and we’re prepared to handle everything that comes our way. Whoever wants it more on game day is what matters in football.