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EXCLUSIVE! Sierra Leone goal scorer, winger suspended for Nigeria’s match




When Sierra Leone host the Super Eagles in the Match Day 5 of the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 qualifiers in June, the Leone Stars will be without two of their star players.

Winger, Alhassan Koromah who scored the second goal in Sierra Leone’s 2-0 defeat of Sao Tome & Principe on Sunday in Agadir, Morocco has been suspended for the next match against Nigeria.

He was cautioned in the 21st minute of Sunday’s match before scoring seven minutes later to cushion Sierra Leone’s victory.

But the yellow card is the second one he has received. In the match day 1 with Nigeria in Abuja last year’s June, Koromah got a yellow card in the 67th minute.


In accordance to  Article 42.1 of the Regulations of the Africa Cup of Nations, “a player who receives two cautions shall be automatically suspended from playing the following match. 

Koromah is one of the foreign based players of Sierra Leone and he is a winger for Spanish lower division side, Real Balompedica Linense.

Also to miss the crucial game with Nigeria is Ron Gardy Williams, a forward and captain of Mighty Blackpool in the domestic league.

When he was cautioned in the 72nd minute of last Sunday’s match in Agadir, it was the second yellow card.

In the previous math on the same turf, he got a yellow card in the 2-2 draw with Sao Tome & Principe last week.  


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.