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S/Leone U-23 flop on penalty shoot out

S/Leone U-23 flop on penalty shoot out

Rejuvenated members of the Lone Star’s Under-23 national soccer team have once again expressed total confidence at their debut for the London 2012 qualifier against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in their SKD complex.  (Photo: Tetteh levels for Sierra Leone)

The Liberian team eliminated their counterparts on a penalty shootout 3-1 at their SKD stadium with the host fans going on the rampage after their hero Sekou Jabateh from CSK Moscow provided the lead in the 56th minute of play.

In the 62 second minute Sierra Leone were reduced to ten men when Mohamed Kamara alias Medo Milla was given a red card by the Ghanaian officiating referee.

Nevertheless, in the 76th min AIK Solna striker Ibrahim Tetteh Bangura got the equaliser for Sierra Leone and his goal took the encounter into extra time before the game ended in a penalty spot kick after both sides failed to score in extra time.

The match ended 1-1 normal time to take the goals collection of both legs of the preliminary round to 2-2.  Bangura’s equaliser forced the encounter to extra time and penalties.

President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and government dignitaries witnessed this great contest between the two neighbours.

Sierra Leone has now been eliminated in five different competitions this year. The only competition the country now remains in is the qualifiers of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

The country’s Under-17 failed to reach the finals of the 2011 CAF Under-17 Championship. The Sierra Leone Under-20 national team Shooting Stars were eliminated by The Gambians in the penultimate round of the 2011 CAF Youth Championship qualifiers while Guinea saw-off the country’s female senior national team Sierra Queens in the 2010 CAF Women’s Championship qualifiers.

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