Sierra Leone aim to end 20-year Cup of Nations absence….

Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast played out a 0-0 daw last September

Sierra Leone will qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 20 years if they beat Ivory Coast on Saturday. But a point for Ivory Coast from the final Group I match would secure their place in Gabon next year. The Leone Stars, who sit 19 places below Ivory Coast in the African rankings, have been in Ghana to prepare for the game in order to avoid pressure from their fans at home. “My squad includes many young footballers who have never competed at the Nations Cup and tackling Ivory Coast is a massive challenge for them,” Sierra Leone coach Sellas Tettah said.

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