February 19, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Sierra Leone’s CAF Confederations Cup representative, Kamboi Eagles, will now host their return preliminary second leg tie against their Algeria opponents,ASO Chlef on February 20 at the Boumezrag Stadium.
The return leg was originally scheduled to be played on the weekend of February 27 – March 1 in Freetown but after the Africa football governing body, CAF had maintained its ban against matches playing on Sierra Leonean soil following the country’s current health situation, the Eagles were hoping to stay on a fortnight in Algeria for the second leg encounter.
However, following a meeting between the Algeria Football Authority (FAF), ASO Chlef and Kamboi Eagles officials, the match will now take place at the same venue on Friday.
The Sierra Leone FA Cup winners lost the first leg tie 2-0 and their coach, Alhaji Foray aka Abedi, said lack of experience and tactical discipline were the reason for their defeat.
He said: “We were tactically not disciplined and the lack of experience by some of my players was responsible for our defeat. But the match was a good lesson for us to improve on our performance in the return leg on Friday.”
Playing almost 60 minutes with 10 men, it was reported by Algerian media, El Watan that ASO Chlef coach Mohamed Benchouia did not hide his satisfaction, saying that his “players responded with great fighting spirit and effectiveness in attack”.
According to him, “even moving at 10 after the expulsion of Zaoui in the 47th minute, the team managed to regain control of the game and dominated, scoring a second goal through the Samahi young”.
Benchouia believed that Sunday night victory will have a beneficial effect on the Chelifiens, especially psychologically as they are struggling in their domestic league.