On the eve of the entry into the competition at the African Cup of Nations against Algeria, Sierra Leone is determined. At a press conference on Monday, January 10, coach John Keister and his vice-skip Mohammed Kamara spoke about this opposition to the Fennecs.
The Leones Stars will face the Fennecs this Tuesday for their first group meeting. An important opposition for which players remain determined.
“It is very important for us to represent Sierra Leone. We play against one of the best teams in Africa. We are back in the competition after 25 years of absence and we must be competitive… Our feeling? We know most Algerian players and we are determined and motivated to face them,” confided Vice-Captain Mohammed Kamara.
Records are made to be broken
Despite the pressure of the shock against the defending champion, coach John Keister, who managed to eliminate Benin from the race for competition, knows that there is a move to play. Algeria remains on an impressive series of 34 undefeated games, but Sierra Leone seems not to be impressed.
» The pressure? I think that’s normal. As a coach, we are always under pressure. I know the players and the country well, so no problem around the team… We have a lot of respect for the Algerian team, which is one of the best teams in Africa, even in the world. But we are not afraid to face it.
We know that Algeria is on a series of 34 games without defeat. But football is a game and it is the team that will give itself the most on the day of the match that will win and we have prepared for it. Records are made to be broken and we, as outsiders, are here to show what we are capable of. And that’s the most important thing,” said John Keister.
Algeria and Sierra Leone are fighting this Tuesday, January 11 at 1 p.m. GMT, at the Japoma Sports Complex in Douala.