SLFA Director reacts to 2018 World Cup draw
July 28, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Director of Competitions in the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Sorie Ibrahim Sesay, has said that Leone Stars’ 2018 World Cup preliminary round draw against Chad is a very tricky tie that could go either way.
The Leone Stars will start their World Cup qualifying journey with a two-legged encounter with Chad, which commences on the weekend of October 5-13, 2015.
According to Sesay, it’s a difficult pairing because in the present stage of African football, there are no minnows.
He said: “Considering the fact that there are no more minnows in African football, it is a difficult pairing. “Before now I could safely say we will win but considering the fact that Chadian football has come of age and considering our problems back home that are plaguing our country’s football, I am cautiously optimistic.”
However, he said he is hopeful the Leone Stars can advance as has been highly predicted by the bookmakers.
“Yes we can qualify as predicted by the bookmakers if we can put our house in order before kick-off,” said Sesay. “But if we should continue with this current trend, we will find it very difficult to undo the central African outsiders.”
Meanwhile, Sierra Leone will have to face former African football powerhouse Egypt in another two-legged contest in the second round of the qualifiers if they get past Chad.