By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Sierra Leone national U-17, Sierra Stars, will face Tunisia in the second round of qualifying for the African Cup U-17 scheduled for Niger in July.
Sierra Leone booked their place to the next round of the tournament after neighboring Liberia pulled-out, giving Sierra Stars an easy work-over to reach the second round without kicking a ball.
Sierra Leone will now face their Tunisian opponent in Freetown on the weekend of 18–20 July before traveling to Tunis for the second leg on the weekend of 1–3 August 2014.
The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Director of Competition, Sorie Ibrahim Sesay, confirmed the team’s participation saying: “Yes we will participate and we are going face Tunisia.”
Sierra Leone’s participation was in doubt due to the cost involve in undertaking the MRI scan in neighboring Senegal, and it was rumoured that the SLFA president was against the team’s participation, but after several consultations within the Executive Committee, it was agreed that the boys will face their Tunisian opponent.
If Sierra Leone eliminates Tunisia, they will face the winner between Mali and Benin for a final place in the tournament in Niger.
Elsewhere, Togo and five other countries have qualified for the second round without playing, Cameroon, Libya, Congo, Sierra Leone, South Sudan. As for Guinea, they benefit from the suspension imposed by the CAF Gambia.