Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In their first match of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone displayed admirable resilience to secure a point against Ethiopia in El Jadida, Casablanca, Morocco.
Despite facing continuous pressure from the Ethiopian strikers, the determined visitors followed their head coach’s instructions to remain calm and overcome various challenges, such as playing under cloudy weather, to salvage a valuable point.
After the match, numerous Leone Stars supporters took to social media to express their joy and praise the new coach, Amidu Karim, for gradually instilling team spirit and resilience within the Sierra Leone team.
However, the result from Wednesday evening is seen as a source of inspiration for the Sierra Leone camp as they prepare for their next group game against Egypt, which will take place in Monrovia on Sunday, November 19.
In a phone interview with Awoko Newspaper after the match, the Leone Stars coach expressed his desire for a victory but also welcomed the goalless draw against their Ethiopian counterparts.
He acknowledged that there is still a long way to go, but expressed hope that his tactic of “approaching every match with renewed energy and fresh team strategy will play a crucial part in our quest to secure our first-ever qualification to a World Cup finals.” ARW/16/11/2023