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Saturday, September 30, 2023

2022 CHAN Qualifying: Sierra Leone holds off late charge from Cape Verde to advance

Sierra Leone and Cape Verde met once again in Marrakech, Morocco for the second leg of their 2022 African Nations Championship qualifying tie and the Leone Stars rode their 2-0 advantage from the first leg to a 3-2 aggregate victory. Cape Verde scored two late goals to make a final push but it came to late for the Blue Sharks to overcome Prince Barrie’s excellent curling shot, which secured Sierra Leone’s lead towards the end of the first half.

Goals from Kelton and Gielson came in the final ten minutes for Cape Verde but it will be Sierra Leone who advance to the Second Round for a date with Mali. A victory against Mali will give the Leone Stars their first ever appearance in the finals of the CHAN. Video of Barrie’s goal is below from Wednesday’s second leg.