Sierra Leone vs Nigeria: Leone Stars' coach Keister says hosts are under pressure

Sierra Leone vs Nigeria: Leone Stars' coach Keister says hosts are under pressure

- Sierra Leone vs Nigeria could see Eagles seal AFCON qualification if they win

- The Leone Stars will hope to replicate their performance during the second half of the first leg

- Coach Keister has stated that the Leone Stars are now under pressure to win

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Coach of the Sierra Leone national football team John Keister has stated that his side is now under pressure to deliver results when they host Super Eagles on Tuesday, November 17.

The tactician has guided his side to a historic comeback when they pulled four goals back to draw level 4-4, despite trailing 4-0 as early as the 29th minute during the first leg in Benin.

Keister who was part of the Sierra Leonean team that defeated Nigeria 1-0 in Freetown back in 2001 has stated that his boys must now complement on their efforts following the draw.

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According to him, their performance in Nigeria was not a fluke and they are now under pressure to beat the three-time AFCON champions.

He told Legit.ng in an exclusive chat:

“We’re going to be under pressure. We will be home under pressure to get result as we have learnt a lot from the first leg. We will approach the second leg differently.

When asked what are his country's chances of qualifying of AFCON tournament in Cameroon, the coach added:

“We want to take one game at a time. I don’t want to say where we will be, I think that will be disrespectful to other nations in the group. We want to concentrate on our own business.

Meanwhile, Nigeria will be without striker Victor Osimhen who has returned to his base in Italy after he suffered an injury during the first leg.

The Napoli of Italy striker groaned in pains having suffered what seemed like a terrible injury in the first leg just about 15 minutes from time and was consequently substituted.

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Sierra Leone vs Nigeria: Leone Stars coach Keister says hosts are under pressure

Sierra Leone vs Nigeria: Leone Stars coach Keister is going for victory against Eagles. Photo: Complete Sports
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Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has stated that Osimhen will be missed but hopes other players in the squad will get the goals.

Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is expected to lead the attack for Nigeria when the game starts at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown.

However, Legit.ng earlier reported that John Ogu has expressed exceptional affection for young boys on the streets of Lagos after he received special hailing due to his status as a Super Eagles’ player.

The midfielder who is currently a free agent having left Saudi Arabian club Al-Adalah in September was not invited for the doubleheader against Sierra Leone.

He is said to be at home in Lagos and in a clip he posted on his Twitter handle, Ogu was seen in his car with boys attempting to sweet-talk him to part away with some money.

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