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Nigeria match is a must win for us, Coach Kesita psychs up Leone Stars



Sierra Leone’s head coach John Keister is not shying away from the fact that his side must win against Nigeria to rekindle hopes of reaching Cote d’Ivoire 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.  

Anything short of full points spells doom for the Leone Stars. They have just five points from four matches

According to Football Sierra Leone, the Manchester-born coach acknowledged that his young side must be positive in their approach over 90 minutes from kickoff.

“We know this is a match that we need to win, and therefore we have to be positive in our approach against a difficult Nigerian side – and we will definitely be.”

“We are a young group, but there is just this feeling that we can come here and get a result against Nigeria. It’s going to be a fight – we are ready to deal with whatever is thrown at us. Football is about the day who wants it the most.”


Sierra Leone to host the Group A leaders at the Samuel Doe Stadium in Liberia on Sunday. Nigeria won the first meeting 2-1 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, last year 9 June.

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.