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Shooting Stars depart for Guinea today

By Sahr Morris Jnr.

The Sierra Leone national U-20, Shooting Stars, will today (Wednesday) travel by road to Conakry, Guinea, ahead of their second-leg encounter in the preliminary round of the Africa Youth Championship.

The team’s early departure came after the Guinean Football authorities informed their Sierra Leonean counterpart that the match has been schedule for Friday 25 April at the Guinean national Stadium in Conakry.

Shooting Stars won the first leg 1-0 in Makeni and will look to bank on their first-leg win when the face the Guineans in the return leg as they look to book their place in the championship which will be  hosted by Senegal next year. Meanwhile, the winner between the two will face Ghana in the next round of the qualification.

In related development, the Confederation of African Football has disqualified The Gambia from the qualifiers for the continent’s under-20 championship for fielding overage players.

Liberia protested over the ages of several Gambian players after the first-leg of their first round qualifier on 6 April. The Gambia won the match 1-0, but CAF found that Sampierre Mendy, Buba Sanneh, Bubacarr Trawally, Saloum Fall and Ali Sowe were all born in 1994. The competition’s regulations state players have to be born on or after 1 January 1995.

The ruling means that Liberia progress to the second round where they will face Ivory Coast. The Ivorians advanced following the withdrawal of Guinea Bissau from the qualifying campaign.