After being out of all competitive international qualifiers since they were eliminated by Nigeria on a 16-0 aggregate some six years back, the women’s game is back and this time, it is in Bo City Stadium on January 18, that the Under 20 ladies of Sierra Leone will lock horns with their Senegalese counterparts in the African Under-20 women’s World Cup preliminaries.
The Sierra Leone side started training in November last year and have played several local friendlies including the senior national women’s team and an international friendly with their Liberian counterparts, which the Sierra Leone ladies won 2-0.
Speaking after the final training this morning at the SLFA Academy grounds, head coach, Alhaji “Abedi” Foray said he is satisfied with the performance of his squad and very much optimistic of progressing to the next stage.
“The girls are in high spirit, well prepared and highly determined to give the desired result on Saturday. Motivation is also high and there is a huge sense of responsibility in the camp,” the head coach said.
Coach Abedi said, though he had little knowledge about the Senegalese team, he would be very mindful of their starting tactics as he had devised a strategy to contain them in the first 20 minutes.
“We are highly motivated and in high spirit to make Sierra Leone proud,” he concluded.
According to Miriam Heroe, Female Football Coordinator at the Sierra Leone Football Association, preparations are in top gear and the players are highly motivated.
“We will be moving the team to Bo city on Wednesday morning so that the ladies can concentrate on the task ahead. We will also ensure that there will be no distractions around the team camp so that all will be focused on Saturday,” Miriam Heroe said.
A 29-man delegation, which comprised of 22 players and seven officials has been announced for the Bo city trip this morning.
Meanwhile, the 28-man Senegalese delegation will arrive at Lungi International Airport on Wednesday evening and will be escorted directly to Bo city.
The winner between Sierra Leone and Senegal will progress to the next stage and will play the winner between Uganda and Tanzania in the next round.
LIST OF U-20 PLAYERS FOR THE FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS ON SATURDAY THE 18TH JANUARY 2020 IN BO CITY
1. ZAINAB FATMATA CONTEH
2. EKUNDAYO MASSAQUOI
3. HANNAH JUANA
4. ISATA THOLLEY
5. ADAMA SAIDU SANKOH
6. MARIE BOCKARIE KONTEH
7. KUMBA ZAINAB BRIMA
8. MALTIDA KABBA
9. WUYAH MOHAI
10. HAWANATU MIATTA CONTEH
11. ISATU MANSARAY
12. RAMATU BLACKER TARAWALLIE
13. MABEL GBONGAY
14. ADAMA JALLOH
15. KADIATU ABDULAI KAMARA
16. ABIBATU BANGURA
17. MASSAH SAMUKA
18. ABIBATU BARNES
19. MARIAMA KALLA KAMARA
20. KAI SESAY
21. ADAMA KARGBO
22. MAMUSU PELE TAMU
1. MIRIAM HEROE - TEAM COORDINATOR
2. HAJA RAMATULAI KAMARA - TEAM MANAGER
3. ALHAJI FORAY - HEAD COACH
4. ALIMU KOROMA - ASSISTANT 1
5. REGINA MITTA HAMILTON - ASSISTANT COACH II
6. MARY THOMPSON - TEAM DOCTOR
7. MARTHA HANNAH CONTEH - WELFARE OFFICER