By Jida Kiz Kamara in Rabat, Morocco
Despite grabbing the opener through Fatmata ‘Drogba’ Turay in the 15th minute, the Sierra Leone’s U-20 Women’s team went down by a 2-1 margin in a match that could be described as pulsating and entertaining.
The Sierra Leone team maintained the lead until the 60th minute when the Moroccan midfielder, Chaimae Drissi break through the Sierra Leone defense and set up Fatima Tagnaout for the equalizer in the 61st minute and Soumia Hady added the second from a spot kick after the central referee awarded a penalty for a foul on Fadoua Salbi, ten minutes later.
Head coach, Victoria Conteh said she was very much satisfied with the performance of her team despite the result.
“This is a very tough test and I’m sure it has helped boost the confidence level of my team. We will go back and make corrections where we erred during the match but overall, my girls did a marvelous job,” she said.
This is the second international friendly for a Sierra Leone women’s team since the inception of women’s football in the country in 1985. The first was a 0-0 draw in Freetown against Liberia to commemorate the International Women’s Day in 2014.
The Moroccan friendly came as a result of a cooperation signed by both President Isha Johansen and President Fouazi Lakjaa of the Moroccan FA.
The cooperation is a mutual agreement aimed at fostering strong ties between the two Football Associations and by extension, building strong ties between the two countries.
Female football will be an area that both FAs will endeavor to strengthen and build knowledge and strength from each other.
The youth league and national teams for both male and female categories are part of the agreement, which will see football administrators and technical officials benefit from.
Johansen has pledged to use her global goodwill to promote and strengthen the natural football talents that is in abundance in Sierra Leone.