The Sierra Leone U-17 squad defeated the Eastern Juniors 2-0 at the Brima Attouga complex at Cline Town in the Eastern Part of the city on Wednesday.
Sierra Leone’s victory comes in preparation for their international encounter with the Gambia Baby Scorpions in the first leg of the U-17 competition slated for August 31st in Banjul.
Mohamed Mansaray put his team ahead as the U-17 squad looked dominant over the Eastern Juniors in the first half.
They played even better in the second half as the U-17 squad came in well-prepared and focused on padding their lead with more goals. The additional goal eventually came from Samba Kanu with a superb goal from the corner flag that beat the Eastern Juniors goalkeeper and into the net.
The goal kept put pressure on the Eastern Juniors as they went into the offensive, looking for a goal to reduce the deficit which never shrank, down to the final whistle of the match.
Since the U-17 squad started playing friendly matches, they’ve won all but two matches, both to Y2K: A 2-1 loss in their first match; and a scoreless tie in the second.
The U-17 squad will play a series of friendly matches this weekend in Bo and Kenema as part of their continued preparation for the upcoming tournament.
In Bo, they will play two against two teams: The Bo district team and the Bo U-17 team. In Kenema, they will engage the Kenema district team. Immediately after the matches, the team will return to camp for their highly anticipated match against the Baby Scorpions in Banjul.
While their Gambia counterpart have been involved in international friendly matches last weekend – they played against Guinea Bissau in Banjul – they will play their last friendly against Senegal in Dakar before coming back home.
The Gambia U-17 squad has prepared very hard to win this year’s competition. In their first appearance in 2005, they were able to win the competition which they hosted in Banjul.
But two years later they were unable to qualify for the competition in Rwanda, which is why the government of Gambia is doing everything possible to make such that they qualify for this year competition.
The Sierra Leone delegation is expected to depart the shore of Sierra Leone for the match on August 27. A win against Gambia in Banjul will mean the Sierra Leone U-17 would only need a draw in their following home match to qualify for the next stage of the competition.