…Salone U-23 skipper
June 2, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Captain of the Sierra Leone national U-23 squad, Sorie Barrie, believes they have a great chance against their Algerian opponents who they’ll meet in the third round qualifiers of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Barrie scored the all-important goal for Sierra Leone from the penalty spot as they eliminated Cameroon on the away-goal rule after a 1-1 draw at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé on Saturday.
With the Algeria task ahead, the skipper fancies their chances of also eliminating their North African rivals and hopes the team’s adventure continues beyond the third round of the qualifiers.
“I will not say we will defeat Algeria just like that; we will not get carried away by our success over Cameroon, but we have a chance to go through to the next stage, especially now that the team’s mood is sharp and in the right mindset,” he said.
He added: “Everyone can realize our values now because against Cameroon, it was relatively difficult for us but additional efforts helped us sail through.”
Sierra Leone will travel to Algeria for the first leg tie, which has been scheduled for 17–19 July 2015, whilst the date for the return leg is not yet known as Sierra Leone continues to serve a CAF ban because of the country’s health situation due to the Ebola virus outbreak.
Meanwhile, the winner between Sierra Leone and Algeria will qualify for the second edition of the African Championship taking place from 28 November to 12 December 2015 in the Senegalese cities of Dakar and Mbour.
The first three teams of the tournament will qualify directly for the Rio 2016 Olympics Games.