OCTOBER 14, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Leone Stars captain, Umaru ‘Zaingalay’ Bangura, says they’ve wiped-out Saturday’s goalless draw against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon from their thinking and are now eyeing success in Wednesday’s encounter.
Sierra Leone secured their first point from three matches in the ongoing CAF 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers following Saturday’s goalless draw in Yaoundé, and now Bangura believes the outcome of tomorrow’s match could have a big say in their campaign of reaching Morocco in 2015.
Cameroon still sits at the top of Group D with seven points from three matches, followed by DR Congo – who also drew with Ivory Coast. Both teams are with four points whilst Sierra Leone is at the foot of the table with a single point.
However, the Dinamo Minsk defender said they as professional players continue to believe the chances are still there for them to qualify with a positive result tomorrow.
He said: “We continue to believe. You see we’re playing pretty well. We’re a good team. We’re just trying to be focused to see what could happen on Wednesday. This will be another game.”
He added: “We are professional footballers. We came here to earn points. On Saturday we took a point on the playground, and I think that’s the most important thing. We played a good game; we are concerned not too much about Cameroon. We just focus on ourselves and play. Our attention is now turned to Wednesday’s game.”
The current health state in the country forced Sierra Leone to play away from home and the skipper said playing home matches on foreign soil is the only thing affecting their game.
“The Ebola does not affect us on the pitch, the only thing affecting us…is that we cannot play our home games on home soil. Many of us play in Europe, so the Ebola does not affect us directly. Our only problem is that we cannot play at home,” Bangura said.